Hello and welcome along to today’s post. Eco friendly pet supplies is something we have been using now for our dog for nearly a year. It’s something we don’t necessarily think about to look for, picking up the cheapest poo bags around. Even thinking about the type of water bowls we use, single use plastics are the most common and will inevitably end up in the landfil. With a simple google search, we can see that there are online stores which are taking this problem seriously. Selling biodegrable poo bags, bamboo food/water bowls to sustainable dog food!
You may have seen a rise in the amount of bamboo products that are available now, for human use as well as pet use. Bamboo could literally replace the use of plastics! It is a very renewable marterial as well as versitle, bamboo was used before plastics were even thought about. Using it therefore doesn’t contribute to deforestation. In fact it can be grown in areas (such as hillsides) where other crops cannot be grown and harvesting it can be done by cutting with no damage to the surrounding environment.
Whether you have a dog that chucks it’s food down it’s throat or takes all day, there are different options for bamboo food bowls. Slow feeder bowls, normal bowls, travel bowls and collapsable ones too. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. The most popular brand currently on the market is ‘Beco Bowl’.
Eco Conscious Pet Food
Pounches, bags, boxes or tins? These are the main options for Pet food that I can find. Wet food seems to be the worst in terms of it’s eco friendliness. The convience of the single serving, which usually comes in a plastic or foil pouch. In terms of recycling, tin cans and toil trays are much better as pouches are usually foil laminated with plastic. Being then a ‘mixed material’ this them makes them non recyclable.
Dry food options for packaging are getting better, a lot more companies are using cardboard, paper bags. Still, a lot of bigger brands will still line them with plastic, this, like the pouches, render them non-recyclable. Always check the packaging for the recycle label!
In an ideal world, buying dry dog food in bulk would be wonderful. Especially for those of us with larger dog, we could take our containers, weigh them and pay for the food with no packaging!
The 2 main brands that are eco conscious with their packaging are Beco and Lily’s kitchen.
Toys! Toys! Toys!
We probably don’t think about dogs toys and what they are made out of. I know I didn’t until we realised how sensitive our dogs stomach is. Lilly was awfully starved when we rescused her. She was all skin and bones. Because of this, her stomach was so delicate to anything, even certain treats made her poorly. We now have to make sure we read all labels before we purchase anything. You maybe suprised what sort of chemicals there are in dogs toys, so just being aware can help make a different decision about what you purchase. Also, thinking about how strong some dogs jaws are and how they can destroy toys so quickly, which are then chucked away to go into lanfill. The toys I have looked into are non-toxic, made from 100% natural products such as rice husk rubber.
Firstly, we have the Beco Dog Ball – This comes in 4 different strengths and 3 different colours! Made from natural rice husk rubber, these balls are non-toxic and are completely safe even if ingested by mistake. The wobbly shape makes it roll randomly and the rice husk rubber makes it extra bouncy! There is a hole for treats, vanilla sccented and it also whistles when it flies.
SCENEREAL CO Rope chew toy – Each pack contains 4 different toys and they are made of premium cotton fiber, natural, non-toxic, Eco-friendly, durable, it’s very safe for your pet playing. These are for puppies and medium sized dogs, they are not recommended for agressive chewers. These rope toys are great for your dogs teeth, they clean them whilst they are chewing them and make them stronger too!
Treat dispensing toy – Non-toxic ball with mint flavour for fresher breath, teeth shape for cleaning, massage the gums and removes tartar. A great bordem buster for when the pet is left on their own for any period of time, even great to ger their brains working!
Yes, yes, we are going to talk a little about poop. It is not difficult to pick up after your dogs, the normal bags we use will go into landfill and not biodegrade 🙁 We have biodegradable options available, which are a little more expensive then the conventional ones, however I cannot put a price on helping our planet! Smug pets offer a great bulk buy and actually at a really reasonable price! These bags are non see through, scented and robust. They are highly recommended by many reviewers!
BingPet – These get the best raiting from me. As well as being biodegradable, they have handles!!! They come in a roll with a dispenser, I do prefer handles though as it makes it easier to tie off and carry to the bin.
So many more options out there!
I have gravited towards dog supplies more than any other pet, this is because I have a dog. However, a simple search on amazon, google etc will show you that there are a lot of options out there! Search terms to use are ‘eco friendly pet supplies’, ‘non-toxic pet supplies’ or ‘biodegrable poo bags’.
Have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you and your experiences. Do you use some eco friendly toys for your pets? Do you think about the planet when purchasing items for your pets?