I partnered with Just Right Pets by Purina for this post.
Every time I get a package delivered and the contents are so carefully cradled with a load of paper shred, the natural colored kind – or white – I keep it. I know that’s teetering on the brink of hoarding, okay, maybe it is full-fledged hoarding, but I believe it’s absolutely ridiculous to pay for paper shred when you get it in excess, and for free, wrapped around a shipment of cookies or makeup. Am I right? I’m not talking about keeping moving boxes full of it, but I am not ashamed to say that I will grab a ziplock baggie and tuck it away for the next client project or birthday present where I need some bag fluff on the fly.
A lot of (crazy, wasteful, non-crafty) people (IMHO) think the box filler is trash and not needed (like my husband), but I recognize that it has a legit cosmetic or a functional value and for that very reason, I’ll reuse it or regift it before it ultimately meets the trash heap by someone less “green” than I am, thank you very much. Yep, I threw down that green card. I’m being a responsible citizen of earth by repurposing the poor tree that gave its life for my shipping benefit.
Seriously, I think “fillers” get a bad name.
I mean, I can’t help but also think about facial fillers that erase lines and wrinkles on aging skin. As time keeps marching on, I grow more and more appreciative that 50 is the new 40 thanks to these magic injections that are ready to literally pick me up from the crush of growing older. I mean, those fillers can be my bestest friend, right?
So why are “fillers” considered such a dirty word?
Even dog food “fillers” get a bad wrap when they shouldn’t. Fillers in dog food are grain ingredients that your dog actually needs for nutrition, not just to beef up an ingredient list. There’s a common misconception that all grains are bead in dog food because they are just there to “fill” the food list, but it’s actually not true IF they are the right grains. And far be it from me to figure out which are the good ones and which are the bad ones, I don’t have time for that since I’m currently so busy studying up on Restylane, but I do know that the plant proteins in our Just Right personalized food are there for a deliberate and healthy reason.
It has a lot to do with amino acids and how they are derived and here’s a link to the sciencey reason why these plant protein sources are not the devil. Like all things, balance and moderation is the key to good health – whether it’s wine for me after a full day of school supply shopping or corn in the monster’s custom blended breakfast.
And there you have it. Fillers for the win. Now, here’s a few links to more articles on dog food fillers and paper shred so you can see how much money I’m saving. And one I find especially interesting about what your dog’s poop is telling you.
Boudreaux and I are happy to say that we are brand insiders for Just Right Pets by Purina, a really cool personalized blend option of dog food. While this post was sponsored by Just Right Pets, all opinions are my own.