By Rebecca Rhoades and Jordan Gerard
Pets benefit humans, so we are more than happy to shower them in love and happiness. When it comes to our pets, there’s little we wouldn’t do to ensure their happiness. We feed them human-grade foods, buy them luxurious furnishings, and indulge their cravings for Puppucinos. But our commitment to their health and happiness doesn’t have to come at the expense of our planet.
Sustainability and environmental consciousness have made their way into the pet industry, as consumers demand products for their four-legged and feathered friends that feature natural ingredients, come in recyclable packaging, and are made with sustainable processes.
As always, make sure to always speak with your veterinarian before introducing a new food or supplement into your pet’s diet.
Tail-Wagging Dog Bar Soap
Handmade by a small family-owned business in Tucson, the Tail-Wagging Dog Bar Soap will leave your pooch looking and smelling clean. Each 4-ounce bar is made with non-toxic food-grade ingredients, including olive, coconut, and rice bran oils, as well as cocoa butter, ensuring that what you put on Fido’s fur and skin is safe, gentl,e and effective. No palm oil, sulfates, formaldehydes, or surfactants are ever used, and all Ladybird products, including its soaps, soaks, and scrubs for humans, are wrapped and shipped in 100% biodegradable and compostable packaging. $15.68, ladybirdsoaps.com
The Foggy Dog Toys and More
The Foggy Dog gets its name from the foggy bays of San Francisco, but this company is transparent when it comes to making their products. Their toys are stuffed with recycled fibers spun from plastic bottles that would typically end up in a landfill. Repurposed fabric scraps and natural fabrics are used for toys, bows, collars, and more. Foggy Dog also offers upcycled denim for bows, collars, leashes, and even a pet bed. Every order feeds a shelter dog: to date, the company has donated over 280,000 pounds of dog food. The Foggy Dog partners with the Greater Good Charities’ GOODS program. This program distributes food, supplies, clothing, housewares, toys, and more to pets and people across the world, according to its website. Prices and products vary, www.thefoggydog.com
Vegan Cork ‘Leather’ Breakaway Safety Cat Collar
Love the look and feel of leather but don’t like that it’s an animal product? London-based Noggins & Binkles offers an ethically made alternative — vegan cork “leather.” The Breakaway Safety Cat Collar is made from the eco-friendly, sustainable material, which is sourced from the bark of oak trees. Each collar includes a removable solid brass anti-hunting bell to warn birds that kitty is in the yard. Choose from nine vibrant colors. $26, nogginsandbinkles.com
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