Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Extravaganza for Pets

Today is Earth day. One idea that Earth day brings to the forefront is how much we consume as a society. If we are not careful, our natural resources will be depleted. Pets are part of the equation as they become a bigger part of our lives. Some of these products may cost a little more than usual but the positive impact on the environment may be worth the extra money.

Many companies are striving to create eco-friendly products for both animals and humans. Here are some products that pet owners may be interested in:




All-purpose dog jacket from WestPaw

This is a great jacket for your pet. It protects your dog from the harsh elements and has special reflective material for night walks. It's made of 100% recycled polyester and is machine washable. It also has adjustable straps for the best fit possible A good place to find this jacket is Only Natural Pets which currently has these jackets on sale.

Squishy Pet Bowls


These pet bowls are made from flexible food grade silicone. They are completely free of BPAs and polycarbonates. They are manufactured by the strictest environmental standards and totally recyclable. They are ideal to take on a short hike or a vacation, too. These moderately priced bowls start at $12.95 USD and can be found at the Olive Green Dog website.

Eco Nap

I like this because it's simple and streamlined. You can use this and put it away in storage without it taking too much room. It's also good for lining a crate or carrier for added comfort for your pet. It's made from 85% of the fibers from recycled plastic bottles and has been certified as safe from ├ľko-Tex Association, which is a textile testing organization based in Switzerland. The Eco Nap prices start out at $29.00 USD for a small sizeand goes up to $96.00 USD for an extra-large size. Created by West Paw Design a good place to find these is their website.

Dog Digs Collapsible Crate

These crates are great for transporting dogs back and forth. They are portable and convenient. They're built by ABO Gear to be eco-sustainable. Priced at $79.99 to $99.99 USD. Available at Only Natural Pet.com.

Animal Rescue Greeting Cards

These are cards that were created to benefit spaying and neutering programs for pets. They come with a set of 4 different designs and sell for $15.00 USD. They are made from recycled paper products and all of the dogs that are featured are now successful rescues. You can find these at Earth Dog.

Recycled Plastic Leashes and Collars


Everything in these is 100% recycled and can be found for a reasonable price. The leashes are on sale for $15.00 USD and the collars are $12.00 USD. You can find them at Muttropolis.com.

Planet Dog Natural Hemp Leash with Fleece-Lined Handle, Apple Green

Planet Dog Hemp Leash and Collars

Hemp is one of the modern-day textiles that is leading the eco-friendly parade. Derived from plants, this soft but durable material is safe for the environment. You can find this at Planet Dog's website or through Amazon for $21.95 USD. Collars start at $16.95 USD but you may find some on sale at Amazon as well.



Eco Bones Dog Toys

These stuffed squeak toys have been made with a trademarked material called Intelliloft. IntelliLoft® is clean, safe, re-engineered PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) polymer material that is made from recycled plastic bottles. It takes 8 times less energy to build toys with this material compared to making brand new toys. It has also been rigorously tested to pass safety standards. These start at $9.50 USD and can be found at West Paw Design.

Hurley Dog Toy

The Hurley Dog Toy is another toy from West Paw Design. This toy is unique because even though is looks like rubber it's made with a blend of a patented material called Zogoflex that does not contain, nor does any of its components contain any known sources of lead, cadmium, mercury, latex, natural rubber, phthalates, hormones, Bisphenol A, or asbestos. Hurley is just one of the types of this toy. It's guaranteed for the life of the toy and the company will give you one free replacement toy if it is damaged. It's excellent for dogs who love to chew. For earth day, West Paw Design has special colors for these products too. If you would like to see for yourself, this particular product starts at $9.50 USD at their website.

Poop Bags

Yes, this isn't a dog owner's favorite topic but a necessity nevertheless. A plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose and require loads of energy to manufacture. Biodegradable plastic bags will decompose in roughly 45 days and are ideal for composting or disposal. Many of these bags come with dispensers that will clip on to your leash. Two good brands to try are Bio Bags and PoopN'Go. You can find these bags pretty much anywhere but the websites I liked were Ecoanimal, Muttropolis and Dig It Pet.

Eco-Friendly Websites

Amazon.com
Cyber Canine
Dig It Pet
Earth Dog
Ecoanimal.com
Muttropolis
Olive Green Dog
Only Natural Pet Store
Planet Dog
Raise A Green Dog
West Paw Design

Let's Discuss!

Do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? What pet products do you like? What do you do to reduce your dog's carbon footprint?

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