In our pursuit of sustainable living and less waste, we can sometimes forget one member of the family or household. Thus we've compiled our selections of 14 sustainable pet products for both cats and dogs.
Rover the dog, Ginger the cat and any one of the other millions of pets around the world can sometimes unintentionally start to notch up on waste. There are an estimated 51 million pets in the UK and 90 million pets in the US. Think about all those dog poop bags, flea treatment products, bowls and chewed balls, and you’ll start to gauge the extent of the problem.
Additionally, both cats and dogs eat meat-heavy diets. Whereas we might love our pets to bits, there’s a decent chance you haven’t stopped to consider their environmental impact as much as your own.
As with most aspects of our lives, we can do a handful of small things with ease to ensure live more sustainably. And the same is true for our pets.
We now know that our consumption of meat is harming the climate. Thankfully most pet food does come in more sustainable plastic-free cans. However dry goods, dog rolls and individual premium tubs for cats and dogs can come in plastic bags, wraps and tubs. There’s an easy solution here, and that’s choosing cans instead. And you can have a chat with your vet about sustainable dog food choices next time you visit.
Meanwhile, when they’ve been good or its time to treat them, here are sustainable and eco-friendly product ideas for the pooches and moggies in your life.
First up in our list of sustainable pet products we have rope toys - brilliant for the adventurous dog in your life that wants to run and chase or the more docile pooch that likes to sit in his favourite position and chew away at his dog bed. Instead, a rope toy is a lasting chew that might just save you a more expensive furniture replacement. Soak them in water and freeze them and as they unravel they’ll provide a floss-like effect.
It's perfect for a game of fetch or teething puppies—a bit of fun, cleaner teeth and a plastic bone replacement all in one. We’ve picked out a couple of choices from Etsy, cure braided rope bones from RosieNCompany that ship internationally from Canada and RopeLifes’s larger, throwable and more hard-wearing Climbing Rope Tug Toy. They make RopeLife’s dog products from recycled climbing ropes for a great zero waste pet choice and they ship internationally from the UK.
Made from cornstarch, not plastic, check out this box of 120 compostable poop bags. In short, use these bags to pick up your pet waste, and they will, in time, reduce to zero. They’re even certified safe for home composting. As such, if you have a home compost and you pop them in there complete with the lawn clippings they’ll compost entirely after a few months.
If you don’t have a home compost when you dispose of them in the trash, they will break down in landfill too. Be slightly aware of biodegradable bags. Biodegradable bags often need precisely the right conditions to degrade, conditions usually not found in a landfill. Accordingly, pick the more sustainable compostable pet waste bags to add to your pet supplies which require moisture and exposure to bacteria. One of those essential eco-dog products every owner should have ready for the next walking adventure.
Wagging Green make these dog leashes from non-toxic bamboo, and they come with a metal clip for all plastic-free construction. With contrasting colours, we like this orange and grey selection. Pictured in cream whenever you take Rover for a walk you’ll know you’re doing so with an eco-friendly leash. They’re 5 foot long and come in 2 different widths.
Gift these soap bars to yourself or other dog owners for a sustainable pet wash that’s better for the environment. You can also use them for cats or any pet that’s looking like they’ve lost their natural sheen to the mud.
Soap bars make for a great alternative to any type of shampoo that we use in plastic bottles. It’s how we used to do it before plastic bottles became so popular, and it's certainly better than requiring plastic bottles that we only use once.
The makers claim these are gentle on the skin and they come with a money-back guarantee. They also do a line paw balm using New Zealand Kanuka oil to a little post-wash sustainable grooming.
Jax and Bones make a great line of new and snappy looking dog bed products. With a whole range of fabrics and styles, you’ll be sure to find one that suits you and your mutt.
These dog beds contain synthetic fibre, but its thread made from recycled plastic materials from plastic bottles. The company has claimed its manufacturing process has recycled 7 million plastic bottles to date in the United States. And 8-12 recycled 7UP bottles find their way into each bed.
For increased eco-friendly credentials, the plastic used in Jax and Bones beds gets rescued from an almost inevitable outcome polluting landfill or incineration. After all, your eco-friendly dog deserves to rest well after a tough day chasing the neighbour’s cat.
Your dog’s fur can get everywhere. Give your pet a good brush with this bamboo dog brush. A regular brush will help remove loose hair before it ends up all over your carpet, as well as removing dead skin and those nasty tangles.
Plus if you choose a dog brush made from bamboo your doing a little bit for sustainability by avoiding cheaper plastic numbers. Plus, the bamboo plant when ethically sourced is better for the environment than many other types of wood.
Our choice for furry friends is two sides making it perfect or most hair types. Grooming products from eco-friendly materials help remove plastic waste from landfills, why choose the other?
These sustainable handmade metal tags come in copper silver or gold, three different sizes and round or bone-shaped. And the best news is that his or her name will never rub off as they engrave these to order. Nice!
Suitable for both cats and dogs depending on which size you order these snappy bowls look great. Made from degradable bamboo bases and stainless steel inners these are dog bowls for your eco-pet.
Sick of those plastic bowls getting slowly destroyed? They build these bowls to last and therefore they make a great plastic-free gift idea for pets.
When you’re number one pet has been well behaved, or perhaps when his dog toys have worn thin, its time to treat the pet in your life.
There’s a whole range of eco-friendly dog treats on the market these days from Antlers that make great chews (sourced by the seller from natural sheds), through the super cute personalised dog treats pictured below. Shop around a little for sustainable pet products to treat your favorite, and you’re also likely to find a variety of local suppliers making eco-friendly dog treats, free from preservatives and ideally stacked full of healthy, locally sourced ingredients.
Next in our list of sustainable pet products is another handmade item. These natural hemp eco-friendly dog collars are strong and long-lasting. The hemp construction helps these collars to resist deteriorating in light or salt-water, adding to its durability.
Box stitched with welded steel D rings and clasps they'll keep a healthy dog at the end of any lead. Hemp makes a great choice to construct your choice of eco-friendly dog collar as its less resource-intensive to grow than most materials and products made from hemp plants are far more environmentally friendly than synthetics.
Perfect for under his or her bowl Ore' Pet makes these placemat products from recycled rubber; Therefore, they make great underlays which you can set on top eco-conscious pet bowls filled up with sustainable pet food. And make cleaning up the inevitable mess those naughty animals create that little more manageable.
They make these cute, environmentally friendly catnip toys from organic catnip, recycled fibre and 45% recycled canvas. They colour these pets toys with recycled inks that are baby-safe, meaning they’re OK around the house for just about anyone, including pussy.
Even better, 10% of the sale of each of their eco-conscious pet products helps to feed feral cats across the US.
If your cat likes to play and not sleep all day like some of the ones we know, then these cat balls make the perfect sustainable pet product choice for your cat.
Because these cork cat ball toys come from cork harvested from bark, no trees get cut down in their manufacture. And no plastic required.
The stripes get painted on using vegan, eco-friendly paint and give the balls an amusing look. These environmentally friendly pet products come in a set of three.
We love these cat beds made from sheep wool, one of the most natural fibres out there. They make for a perfect hideaway for your cat and a calm place to sleep at night. They’d also suit a small dog.
You can even contact the seller for a custom lining to suit either your style or your cats. Make your selections of environmentally friendly pet products and beds depending on who rules the roost.
Look our for the compostable varieties, and today there’s a range eco-friendly and sustainable options about the place. We’ve picked out one of the most popular below from Purina and alongside it an eco pet box disposable tray.
OK, so this one probably won’t suit your cat quite as much as its owner. We liked it so much we thought we’d include it regardless. At least when serving your morning coffee or tea in this ceramic mug, you’ll be reminded, as will your cat, of quite how much they mean to you.
They construct these lightweight collars from cotton rather than plastic found in the majority our there. Once again they do contain small plastic fasteners, but no one's perfect right?
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