In this case, it’s all about reducing your carbon paw print
Pets are part of the family, and if you are making the conscious decision of implementing an eco-friendly lifestyle, then they certainly should not be left behind. Going green with your furry friend is a lot easier than you think, thanks to a number of great quality, caring brands that are making durable toys which not only reduce harm to the environment, but ensure worry-free playtime with no added chemicals or ingredients.
Here are some of our favourites...
1. Natural Straw Balls by Kong
Kong is one of the most popular pet brands on the market with its durable toys that are built to last. Its eco-friendly section has a variety of fun stuff to choose from, such as these all-natural straw balls specifically for cats, created to appeal to their hunting instincts.
2. Big Sky Bone by West Paw
Available in five shades and four sizes, the Big Sky Bone is a guaranteed good time for your dog, no matter how big or small. It’s made by using excess fabric from West Paw’s Big Sky Blanket to reduce waste and is filled with an eco-friendly stuffing made out of recycled plastic bottles. Plus, there’s a squeaker inside for even more fun. If you’re on the hunt for rubber toys, then West Paw uses an awesome material called Zogoflex, which is non-toxic and fully recyclable.
3. Captain’s Bell Rope Toy by Harry Barker
Made with 100 percent recycled cotton yarns and low-impact hemp, Harry Barker’s Rope Toy is hand woven, and can help to floss your dog’s teeth once it starts unravelling. We absolutely love the bright colours, and you can pop the toy in the wash whenever it needs a cleaning. This company keeps sustainability top of mind, and its stuffed toys are filled with materials made from recycled plastic bottles.
4. Beco Pets Ball
A ball to play fetch with is a must-have for all dogs. Our top choice is this eco-friendly and extra durable one by Beco Pets. It comes in four sizes and we are big fans of the sustainable production process. This ball is made with long-lasting natural rice husk rubber, is toxin-free, and has a slight vanilla scent added. Not to mention, it’s created in a non-uniform shape to keep playtime extra lively.
5. Dye-free cat toy by PuurfectPlay
PuurfectPlay is an Etsy shop that uses natural materials to thoughtfully hand-make pet accessories, filled with lots of love. As well, three percent of each sale is shared with rescue organizations. This little kitten and cat toy will keep both your pet and the environment happy because it's made with dye-free organic cotton. There is no catnip inside, but is still an extremely popular toy they will enjoy chasing after.
6. Le Shama Wool Dog Toy
Le Shama’s chemical-free toys are made with 100 percent natural boiled wool and use only organic vegetable dyes that are non-carcinogenic. They are handmade and detailed by women in Nepal’s Mount Everest Region, so you and your pet can support their livelihoods by purchasing these products. A unique thing about these toys is that there is no stuffing, seams or stitching that could be pulled out which means you never have to worry about your dog’s safety and health.
7. Dog Dental Barbell
BoxerTUFF was created by animal lovers who understand the importance of giving dogs the best of the best, simply because anything and everything can end up in their mouths. All of the toys are made from natural rubber and sustainable hemp rope that is free of pesticides, is mold-resistant and completely biodegradable. We love these dog Dental Barbells that are available in six bright colours, and you can even add treats or doggie toothpaste inside. A portion of sales go towards a non-profit rescue shelter.
Can't take your pup to the beach? From the pineapple to the pink flamingo, you can bring the beach home with these super fun tropical paradise toys by Pet Play. All of the pieces are handmade, extra durable thanks to reinforced stitching, filled with eco-friendly stuffing from recycled plastic bottles, plus no synthetic dyes are added. Guaranteed excitement for your furry friend!
9. Ethical Pets Hedgehog
We love this adorable, non-toxic hedgehog by Ethical Pets that will occupy your dog for hours. Don’t be fooled—it has a cute face, but is extremely durable and also has a little squeaker inside.