Earth Day is just around the corner, meaning it’s an excellent time to reconsider ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle — including all the pet gear you use to treat and train your pup. With greenwashing on the rise, it can be hard to figure out which products are actually better for the environment though. So, we did some digging and found lots of options out there to help minimize you and your pup’s ecological footprint. Read on to see our sustainable swaps for more eco-friendly pet ownership.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Laylo’s dog beds. That’s because they’re durable, stylish, and happen to be sustainable, too. They’re made from recycled PET bottles to reduce waste, and they even have covers made from deadstock materials.
Ditch plastic dog bowls at home, and replace them with these Beco pet ones. Made with mostly plant-based materials, including bamboo from chopsticks off-cuts, these bowls are much more sustainable than other options out there. Plus, they come in fun colors and patterns to match your home decor.
The most sustainable dog toys are made from upcycled materials you have at home. Rip apart old tees or towels, and braid or knot them up for an easy DIY tug toy. But, if your dog is more into fetching than tugging, consider West Paw’s Sailz. The frisbee’s made of 100 percent recycled ocean bound plastic, so you can feel good about playtime. And the durable frisbee is designed with a hole in the middle, making it easier for your dog to pick up.
When you’re out with your dog on walks or park days, hydration is a necessity. For something you can reuse over and over again, make sure to pack Springer’s all-in-one travel water bottle. The attached water bowl makes hydrating easy for both you and your pup, and it has a handy carabiner, so you can easily attach it to your bag or leash.
Dog treats are great for rewarding your dog for good behavior, or just showering them with love. If you’re looking for a more-sustainable option, consider these crunchy treats made with cassava, sweet potato, and spinach, peanut butter and sunflower oil. What’s better is that 75 percent of the produce used to make these are upcycled, helping cut down on food waste.
Grooming your pup includes regular brushing to remove dead hair and dry skin and make sure their coat’s healthy. Opt for a bamboo brush instead of plastic, like this one from Free the Ocean. It’s dual-sided, and made with all-natural sisal bristles and natural rubber.
Instead of regular pet wipes, we suggest going with ones made from bamboo fiber. These Dr. Brite wipes are just that, and they’re free of alcohol, parabens, and chlorine, so it won’t irritate your pup’s skin. Instead, these wipes are formulated with a coconut oil and oat extract that’s gentle and effective.
Part of having a furry friend is managing all of the fur that they come with. Instead of going through tons of sheets on lint rollers, try this handy pet hair removal tool. Made from mostly foam-recycled glass, it scrapes away fur from furniture, bedding, and even clothes with just a few brushes. It’s also hypoallergenic and odor-free, so it’ll last you for years to come.
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