Environmental responsibility doesn’t mean being boring. Here are some great examples that prove that style and sustainability can go hand in hand.
Beco bamboo bowls
These brightly colored bowls are made from bamboo fiber mixed with corn starch and rice husks, a by-product of rice cultivation. Natural food colors provide the color. The strength of bamboo makes these non-toxic, hypoallergenic bowls sturdy and durable. When disposed of, they naturally decompose. Multiple sizes / shapes, starting at $ 8.99, amazon.com
WigglyWoos dog equipment
Here we recommend a whole collection of handmade vegan collars, leashes, harnesses and accessories, including wooden labels and a cork bag. WigglyWoo’s dog gear is owned by women and operated both stylishly and sustainably. They use organically grown European hemp fabric and rope, vegan cork leather, natural cotton rope and nickel-plated hardware. For a perfect fit, some products are available in both standard and custom sizes. For pricing, see Products, wigglywoos.com
Bean hemp, dog bed filled with latex
Whether your dog is a Chihuahua, a Mastiff, or somewhere in between, Bean has him covered – or rather, bedded. These handmade dog beds from the USA have a removable and washable hemp cover and a cotton lining with a zipper. They are filled with shredded Oeko-Tex Class 1 certified organic latex, which does not emit any toxic gases and is breathable, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. 7 sizes, 7 colors, starting at $ 59.95, etsy.com
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Bolga dog baskets
Good beds for a good cause. These beautiful wicker beds, which are both sustainable and durable, are hand woven by skilled artisans from the Sumbrongo community in Ghana. Made with elephant grass and natural dyes, they are sold by PupBedsandCo, whose motto is “Creating a better world, one weaver at a time”. The basket is shipped flat and then reset to its functional dimensions by wetting and reshaping. Mattress / pad does not include 4 sizes, 4 colors, solid and pattern, from $ 98, etsy.com
Healthy treats for dogs
Instead of referring you to a product, we encourage you to read some of our recipes. What could be more eco-friendly and dog-friendly than indulging with organic ingredients (where possible) that suit your pup’s particular tastes and needs? Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Homemade peanut butter
Apple / carrot dog treats
Frozen blueberry treats
Don’t stop here … you can find dozens of options on our website – from treats (including gluten-free and allergen-free) to toppers and whole meals. Search by ingredient or type.
What does it all mean?
A quick guide to environmentally friendly materials …
Bamboo: A prehistoric family of grass. Bamboo requires very little water to grow, removes more CO2 than most plants, and can be harvested without killing the core plant, resulting in higher yields with fewer plants. Biodegradable.
Cork: Outer bark of the cork oak, the only tree in the world that is not damaged when its bark is harvested. Harvesting corks is an environmentally friendly process that doesn’t cut a single tree. Renewable and biodegradable.
Hemp: One of the strongest natural fibers. Hemp grows fast; resistant to pests and diseases; and does not require pesticides, herbicides, or irrigation. It also resists bacteria, mold, mildew, and UV damage and softens over time. Biodegradable.
Natural latex: Made from a white liquid created by plants to protect against insects. Latex is harvested from the Hevea brasiliensis tree, which has a lifespan of around 30 years. Renewable and biodegradable.