Organic Pet Supplies: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Pet Products
A Stylish Guide to Green, Organic, Natural Pet Products
Most of us are busy trying to shrink our environmental footprint, so it makes sense that we should try to keep our pet's paw prints light as well. Fortunately, there are more and more products becoming available to help us do just that. Nearly everything we need to keep our four-footed friends happy and healthy is now available in eco-friendly forms.
Americans are crazy about their pets. Statistics show that at least 63% of all US households include at least one pet. That breaks down to about 69 million homes. Since a significant portion of those households want environmentally responsible pet products, manufacturers are delivering them. Because the demand is so great, eco-friendly pet merchandise is becoming big business. In fact, it is expected one billion dollars will be spent in the United States on these products this year.
New products are being produced continuously, ranging from organic foods to environmentally friendly pet toilets. Here's a closer look at some of the ones Ilike.
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Pet beds have come a long way from old blankets you tossed in a box. Today's pets cannot only relax in comfort and style, but can snooze and help protect the planet at the same time. This bed, for instance, is covered in natural, sustainable hemp and filled with soft, cushy recycled plastic bottles.
Natural Pet Products - LUXURY WINE CRATE DOG AND CAT BEDS
Another good choice in pet beds - recycled wine cases lined with environmentally friendly cushions. These are great choices for cats or dogs.
Whiner and Diner unique, luxury dog beds and cat beds are stylish eco-friendly wine crate pet beds.They are outfitted with a thick and fluffy custom-made, washable pet pillow. Choose from faux-fur, earth- friendly hemp or our classic toile fabrics.
Natural Pet Products - Recycled Wine Cases
Here's another use for recycled wine cases. They make great toy boxes for all your pet's playthings. Or you could use it as a container for other pet needs, like food, treats or grooming products.
"Our unique luxury wooden pet toy boxes are hand-crafted out of authentic wine crates from prestigious European, Californian and Chilean vineyards."
Doggy Armoire - Green Pet Furniture
Need somewhere to store your dog's wardrobe and accessories? Here's a great doggie armoire built from reclaimed cedar stock. Your browser may not support display of this image.There's a drawer for tucking away leashes and collars and dog bone shaped knobs add to the canine charm of this piece.
The Doggy Armoire features a closet replete with hanger rod and accessories pegs behind two spruce paneled doors. Further accoutrements can be stored in the full width drawer beneath the closet space. Doors and drawer have custom 'dog bone' walnut handles. Cabinet is made with fullsize 3/4 inch cedar stock.
Cat Scratchers - Natural Pet Products
Here's a piece that serves double duty. Your cat can sharpen his nails or take a cat nap here. This whale shaped cat scratcher is made from 30% recycled materials yet is 100% recyclable.
The Large Whale Cat Scratcher is sure to make a splash in your cat life. This scratcher is longer than the Small Whale Scratcher, and offers plenty of room to stretch and snooze.
Underground Geothermal Dog Houses - Natural Pet Products
Here's an idea that is truly innovative, though its concept came from Mother Nature herself. This dog house uses geothermal heating and cooling to keep your dog warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
This dog house is actually installed partially underground. The idea is that it will appeal to your dog's natural instinct to build secure dens while it takes advantages of the earth's natural insulation. According to the manufacturer, it will keep the dog house at comfortable temperature's regardless of the weather. It's made from 20% recyclable materials and has a lifetime warranty. There's even a built-in tie out so your furry friend won't try to go traveling on his own.
"The patent pending design of this unique " 21st Century Eco-Friendly " underground dog house takes advantage of the Earth's own natural temperature control system. The indestructable shell is partially buried to create not only a natural den habitat preferred by dogs, but is also then cooled in the Summer and heated in the Winter naturally."
Ziscs by Westpaw Design
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When it's play time with your pet, make sure you both have fun without causing harm to the environment. There's lots of eco-friendly toy choices today. If you have a dog who loves to play Frisbee, he'll like this next product. Ziscs are recyclable discs which are not only made from recycled materials, but are nearly indestructible as well. Even power chewers won't be able to shred this disc very quickly. It floats, too, for water loving canines.
Sweater Monkeys - Natural Pet Products
Here's a great fun toy made from recycled sweaters. The Sweater Monkey is the eco-friendly version of the traditional sock toy. Because they are made from old sweaters, each one is unique, but you can choose a color family you'd like the toy made in. These are each made by hand in the USA.
SmartCat Tick-Tock Teaser - Natural Pet Products
Of course, we don't want to forget our feline friends. There's lots of toys you can choose for them that are kind to the environment as well. Your kitty will love this toy that will keep him entertained for hours. He'll not only get some exercise trying to catch the two moving targets swinging on a pendulum, he'll be required to use some strategy to win at this game.