Green Pet Products: 12 Eco Essentials for Dogs
Kind-hearted and loyal, our dogs are faithful companions that help us enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like luxuriating in a patch of sun or wading in a cool creek. So why not protect them from pesticides and other toxins, and keep their paw prints from making too deep of an impression upon the earth? These 12 green pet products including toys, treats, collars and beds are recycled, sustainable, natural and healthy to dogs, humans and the planet.
Stainless Steel Portable Water Bottle
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It’s always a great idea to bring along some water for your dog when you’re out, especially if you’re engaging in physical activity like frisbee or a hike. The H2O4K9 water bottle is made of food-grade stainless steel with a polypropylene lid that doubles as a drinking bowl. The bottle holds 25 fluid ounces, is fully recyclable and free of BPA and other toxins.
Planet Dog Wood Chuck with Orbee-Tuff RecycleBall
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Not only is this a great design to lob balls long distances for your dog to fetch, it’s also made from eco-friendly materials – and a lot more attractive than similar neon-colored plastic versions. Planet Dog’s Wood Chuck thrower is made of renewable bamboo with an ergonomic handle made of recycled cork scraps. The accompanying Orbee-Tuff RecycleBall is made of 100% recycled materials and is super-strong, holding up to even the most enthusiastic of chewers.
Eco Pick-Up Dog Waste Kit
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Be a responsible dog owner – always pick up after your pet when you’re taking a walk, whether it’s on a downtown street or at the park. Biodegradable bags are thought to be an even better option that reusing plastic shopping bags, because they at least have a chance of breaking down in a reasonable amount of time. The Eco-Pick Up Dog Waste Kit is just one of many similar dispensers for these bags that are compact and easy to carry – you simply clip it onto the dog’s leash.
Doggie Dooley In-Ground Waste Digester System
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At home, when you clear the yard of land mines left behind by your dog, don’t toss them in the trash. Consider an in-ground waste digester system like the Doggie Dooley. This bucket-sized container works like a septic system, using environmentally friendly enzymes and bacteria to turn dog waste into a liquid that’s absorbed by the ground.
Organic Bumper Bed by West Paw Design
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You’re careful about purchasing bedding for yourself that’s free of toxic chemicals – extend the same care to your pooch. An organic bed is simply healthier for your pet than one that has been treated with pesticides or other harmful substances. The Organic Bumper Bed by West Paw Design is comfy and cozy, and you can customize the colors.
Freezy Pups Kit Dog Treats
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Make your own organic frozen dog treats using this simple kit, which consists of a tray of bone-shaped molds and a set of four flavored treat mix packets. Each packet makes 14 treat in white cheddar cheese, juicy apple, sweet potato n’ maple or chicken soup flavors. Of course, with a little imagination, you can DIY this – just use an ice tray and fresh, natural pureed foods.
Earth Dog Decorative Hemp Dog Collar
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Available in solid colors and cheerful modern prints, the Earth Dog Decorative Hemp collar features a triple-layer, 100% hemp canvas construction. Choose from adjustable quick-release or martingale belt-style. These hypoallergenic collars are hand-made in the USA; matching harnesses and leashes are also available.
Ark Naturals Neem Protect Spray
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Protect your pet from fleas and ticks naturally, and keep them smelling fresh along the way. The insect-repelling essential oils citronella and neem are far healthier for your pets and for you than common pesticides like pyrethrin. Neem oil can also help heal existing bites and soothe itching.
Recycled Doggie Tee
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Profess your eco-friendly inclinations with a recycled message tee for your dog. Eco tees by ‘From Scratch’ are made from 100% recycled ring-spun cotton/poly jersey reclaimed from cotton waste and plastic bottles. Design choices include ‘Treehugger’, ‘The Green Apple’, ‘Love the Planet’, ‘Paper or Plastic?’ and ‘I’m All Natural’.
New Age Pet Eco-Concepts Bunkhouse Dog House
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If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, you’ll want to get her a comfortable dog house to shelter her from the elements. The New Age Pet Eco-Concepts Bunkhouse is made of 100% recycled plastics and recycled wood products, and features a weatherproof interior and exterior. This dog house has a raised floor for ventilation, a double-wall design that provides extra insulation from harsh temperatures, and a removable roof for easy cleaning. It can be painted with any exterior latex paint to match your house.
Super-Tough Chew Toys from Planet Dog
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Encourage your dog to chew on designated toys, not your shoes! Planet Dog rates its chew toys from 1-5 ‘chompers’ to tell you how well it will hold up to dogs with a strong urge to chew. The Slobber-Wick Squeak Bone is great for dogs that won’t do too much damage, and the Orbee-Tuff Recycle Bone, made of scraps from other products that would otherwise by discarded, are somewhere in between. Got the kind of dog that could chew through a wall if left unattended for too long? Try the Orbee-Tuff Diamond Plate Ball, which is practically impossible to destroy.
Castor & Pollux Organix Dog Food
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While fresh, raw food may be the ideal choice of nourishment for dogs, many people still prefer pelletized dry food. One of the best brands available is Castor & Pollux Organix, which is made of human-grade chicken meat. Also containing fresh organic apples, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin and pears as well as millet and quinoa, this natural organic dog food does not contain corn, wheat, soy or by-products.