We know that our purchasing choices matter to the environment, and so do the choices we make for our pets. From their waste to their toys, pets have a huge environmental impact – just feeding them adds 64 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year! In celebration of International Dog Day on 26 August, here’s our pick of eight eco-friendly products for dogs so you can balance the environmental impact of being a pet owner with giving your pup the best life possible.
Organic Dog Food
While dogs could technically live on a plant-based diet, many may struggle to digest the high fibre of plant-based diets and are at risk of vitamin D and B deficiencies. For this reason, it may be a safer option to instead choose organic food, like this dry food from Organix, which is made from organic grain-free chicken, as well as a blend of superfoods like organic flaxseed, organic blueberries, organic coconut oil and omega-6 fatty acids to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.
Available on epet.hk
Eco-Friendly Dog Collar
Check out this cute handmade dog collar made from sustainable cork and hemp. Its vegan materials are durable and naturally resistant to insects, mold and mildew, and the collar is finished with a nickel-plated buckle and ID ring. It comes in four sizes, two widths and five colours.
Available from Etsy
Biodegradable Dog Waste Bags
Dog waste may return to the earth, but the plastic bags they’re put in certainly don’t. These bags from Wooflinen are made from cornstarch and are both biodegradable and compostable, disappearing entirely in as little as 90 days. Even the roll core is made from recycled cardboard. Plus, for every sale, Wooflinen donates to a partner foster network or animal rescue organisation!
Available from Ubuy.hk
Keep control of your excited pup without hurting them or you (or the planet) with these 100% hemp leashes from Earthdog. Hemp is non-toxic, pesticide-free, recyclable and biodegradable within six months, and it’s also hypoallergenic, so it’s good for sensitive skin. Also, unlike nylon and other synthetic materials, hemp softens with wear, making these leashes extremely comfortable.
Available at Hiccupdog.hk
Keep your pup dry and warm with this Hurtta Monsoon ECO raincoat. Not only does it have a wide collar and lots of belly coverage, the jacket is made from 100% recycled polyester. Plus, it’s reflective, so if your dog gets away from you, you won’t be able to miss him!
Available from Amazon
Is your dog starting to smell a bit ripe but bath time is still a while away? Use a deodorising spray to keep odours from becoming overwhelming. This one from Eco Me is made from natural, safe, food-grade and plant-based ingredients and is suitable for both long- and short-hair dogs. The bottle is made from BPA-free plastic. It also has a lovely fresh lavender smell.
Available at Wnp.com
Squeaky Duck Toy
Keep your dog occupied for hours with this cute squeaky duck toy from Honest Pet Products. The outer layer is made from 100% natural hemp canvas, while the stuffing is made from 100% natural organic wool. The squeaker inside the tail may be a bit annoying, but hey, at least your pup won’t eat your favourite shoes!
Available at Hiccupdog.hk
Recycled Dog Bed
Give your dog a blissful and sustainable snooze with this bed from West Paw. Each bed is filled with IntelliLoft, an eco-fibre made from non-toxic, recycled plastics that diverts 28 to 78 plastic bottles from landfill per bed. The machine-washable, double-stuffed bolster design is covered in a soft knit fabric and comes in four sizes and three colours.
Available at Westpaw.com
We hope these products have inspired you to be a more eco-friendly dog owner. If you’re ready to – or already – making these sustainable switches, be sure to tag us (@8shadesofficial) in your eco-friendly cat photos on Instagram for a repost!