An entire industry has grown up around dog products that claim to be environmental friendly. Google around, and you’ll find everything from the practical (biodegradable pick-up bags) to things you could probably live without (chemical-free aromatherapy wipes). We’ve sniffed like bloodhounds to uncover a few green products every DogTrekker can enjoy.
Hemp makes a fashion statement in today’s world, and you don’t have to inhale to get a kick out of hemp dog collars from Earth Doggy or a hemp dog bed filled with fiber made from recycled plastic bottles from Bambeco. Greener Pup’s line of eco-friendly dog beds also sport recycled plastic stuffing; they’re covered in a choice of recycled fabrics and can be customized to fit your particular pooch.
When it comes to toys, green dog parents know to stay away from plushies filled with polyester fluff. A more sustainable and long-lasting alternative is to be found in sturdy, recyclable Orbee-Tuff products from PlanetDog, a socially conscious vendor that devotes 25 percent of each purchase to the training, placement and support of service dogs.
A freshly bathed dog is a sweet smelling dog, and you’ll find as many eco-friendly shampoos on the market as there are breeds of canines. One line we can strongly recommend is widely available Buddy Wash. Coconut-based and infused with botanicals and other natural ingredients, it leaves your dog’s coat shiny, soft and smelling well, take your pick from lavender and mint, rosemary and mint or green tea and bergamot. Luscious stuff.
For more eco-friendly dog products and companies, along with tips on how to develop a greener relationship with your pup, visit RaiseAGreenDog.com.