We love our dogs, we love our planet. The result? A demand for eco-friendly pet products.
There are many manufacturers and websites that cater to pet owners who keep the environment in mind when making purchases for their furry friends. There’s a burgeoning niche market for dog lovers looking to show off their green-ness by placing their dog’s food on recycled matts.
Yoga lovers with old yoga mats can hop on the recycling bandwagon and make sure that their worn out mats don’t just go to waste.
Better Buddies is a company focused on creating sustainable products for pets and their owners. They are now taking their eco-friendliness to the next level by bringing yogis and dog lovers together through the launch of their upcycled yoga pet food mats, the Bone Appetit and Meow Mat (retailing at $19.99). The company takes discarded yoga mats through a sanitation process before cutting them for both dogs and cats. These dog food mats are everything you need them to be- you can easily wipe them clean with a sponge, they are dishwasher safe, and most importantly, they are eco-friendly. Each yoga mat is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation.
Etsy stores are offering a smattering of similarly Earth-friendly At AmphitriteStudio, dog placemats are made out of reused black vinyl backing & an upcycled Grandma Lucy’s PureFormance Rabbit Dog food bag, adhered together with earth friendly, no VOC glues.
Katzroc offers food mats that are cut from remnants of commercial grade olefin carpet.
Eco-friendly dog ownership goes beyond your dog’s dinner mat. While many websites offer just one or two specialty, eco-friendly dog products, there are more comprehensive websites out there that can help you make sure your pet is leaving as small of a carbon paw-print as possible.
Only Natural Pet is selling everything from eco-friendly dog crates to plush toys made from organic materials. I’m especially fond of their hemp dog collars, that have cute designs but are still eco-friendly.
The web boutique Earth Doggy has similar offerings, like their eco-friendly pet carrier made from nylon rendered from recycled water bottles.
Despite its name, the company does not sell only earth-friendly products.They offer their customers a variety of goods, only a handful of which are made with environmental sustainability in mind. I think its great that companies are focusing on creating more eco-friendly businesses, but this is a bit like when every packaged food started receiving some sort of “organic” or “fat-free” logo stamp or certification. If you’re going to buy eco-friendly, make sure you read the product description of what are purchasing.
Of course, you don’t need to purchase anything at all to hop on this trend. My yoga mat would look swell with some kibble sprinkled on it. Where are my scissors…