How to be Ecofriendly and use Sustainable Dog Products

As pet lovers, when it comes to buying supplies for our four-legged friends, it’s not only important to spend our money on companies that promise to be effective in grooming them or keeping them healthy, but it’s also necessary that we support brands that do their part and prioritize eco-friendly materials. Fortunately, there are brands out there, making it possible to fulfill your aspirations for more sustainable dog products.

If you are a pet owner and care about the environment along with your pup’s happiness, we have 10 sustainable, pet-focused brands for you.

Dog Toys

a golden retriever laying on the grass with a toy between his pawsDogs tend to go through toys pretty quickly, leading to additional expense and waste. Purchasing sustainable dog toys that are made to last is a great eco-conscious alternative.  
Honest Pet Products creates natural, and sustainable alternatives to traditional dog toys. Each product is made from regenerative hemp and ethically-sourced wool, ultimately reducing the impact that the pet industry has on our planet. Hemp fabric also boasts extreme durability, is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, and is 100% biodegradable at the end of life. They are a safe and durable dog toy, made to withstand multiple playtime sessions. 

Planet Dog has a range of non-toxic dog toys made of 100% recyclable plastic. Plastic may be a red flag for some, but keep in mind this is one of the few materials that can hold out against powerful canine jaws. Your dogs will have a hard time destroying this, allowing you years of fun play.

Eco-Friendly Poop Bags

A brown dog is resting on grey blanketsMost poop bags are single-use plastics that take decades to decompose. If you want to shift to zero waste pet supplies, try these brands.

Beyond Green makes plastic-free and chemical dog waste bags that fully dissolve 3-6 months after disposal and when micro-organisms start to eat away at the bags. The bags are completely leak-proof and can hold dog poop from dogs of all sizes!

Bio Bag, bags are made from a resin derived from plants, vegetable oils and compostable polymers and can be consumed by micro-organisms that live in our soils. Because of this, the bags can be readily composted along with organic waste at municipal composting facilities. Company have been certified as non-GMO and fully compostable.

Sustainable Dog Beds

A happy dog sits in a comfy dog bed with a blanketIf you’re looking for dog beds that are not made with synthetic materials or plastics, check out these brands making eco-friendly products.

Essentia Kingdom has the seal of approval of both the Global Organic Textile Standards and the Global Organic Latex Standard, which means that their dog beds are certified organic, toxin-free, vegan, and natural. Beds are made entirely of a comforting mix of three unique shredded foams including natural memory foam and natural latex foams for maximum pressure relief, breathability and durability.

Harry Barker reworks upcycled and recycled materials into stylish, comfortable dog beds that are built to last. Made with earth-friendly fabrics and azo-free dyes, eco-fleece and “green” bed inserts made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics, as well as all-natural ingredients for treats and biodegradable shampoos

Sustainable Dog Food

a bull dog eating dog foodLuckily, many of the independently-owned brands operating today are as dedicated to minimizing their environmental impact as they are proving your pup with the best food possible. Dog food companies are creating their products using sources that are not only sustainably grown, but that will provide cats and dogs with the nutrients they need to be healthy.
V-DOG sustainable dog food contains a blend of high protein foods like peas, lentils, oats, rice, flaxseeds, and more, without the added fluff of wheat, soy, or other potential food allergens found in conventional meat-based dog food. Vegan dog food is also bereft of hormones, offal, and other potential pathogens.

Halo Pets makes meat-based though supposedly sustainably-sourced dog and cat food. The company also makes a host of vegan dog products that you’d be glad to feed your pet. Halo Pets’ vegan formula for dry and wet food is 100 percent plant-based and contains none of the allergy-inducing proteins that affect dogs with sensitive digestive systems. 

Eco-Friendly Dog Leashes

a dog carries its own leash while running on the beachThese items help pet parents maintain control over their canine companions outdoors, preventing said fur babies from running off and pouncing on other people or their pets. Traditional leather-making methods cause significant environmental damage through their use of highly-polluting processes and carcinogenic chemicals. 

Mountain Dog Products dog leashes are made with real UIAA certified dynamic rock-climbing rope, which is incredibly strong and durable, also packaging and paper contains recycled materials. All Mountain Dog Leashes come with an unconditional lifetime warranty that even covers chewing.