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Want to go green in the kitty litter department? You can purchase eco-friendly cat litter or recycle plastic kitty litter containers. Or, you can do one better. Skip the purchasing and packaging: make your own cat litter. This is a great way to keep your litter eco-friendly and reuse old newspapers.

Here are some tips from Treehugger.com via Pets for the Environment.

How to Make Your Own Cat Litter

1.Shred newspaper in a paper shredder and collect it in an unused litter box.

2.Soak the paper in warm water mixed with a few squirts gentle, biodegradable dish soap. The shredded paper takes on a cooked oatmeal consistency. The paper won't come completely clean, but the water will turn grey.

3.Drain the water (an old colander works wonders) and repeat the soaking process minus the soap.

4.Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the wet paper. Knead it in to the mixture (you might want to wear gloves to avoid getting ink on your hands).

5.Squeeze the remaining moisture out until it's as dry as you can get it.

6.Crumble over a screen and leave to dry for a few days.

7.Once it's dry, put about an inch and a half to two inches of the paper crumbles in the litter box. Scoop solids daily and change it once a week.

According to Pets for the Environment, it only takes 30-45 minutes to make a two-to-three-week supply of litter.

Be sure to reuse the newspapers you already have for this project. If your cat decides he doesn't like the homemade litter, go back to your regular eco-friendly litter. Then be sure to donate your old newspapers to help animals.