The pet industry is a booming multi-billion dollar business. We love our pets! So you can imagine the number of products being produced every year for our furry friends. Everything from holistic pet foods, CBD supplements, chew toys, oversized dog beds, designer dog jackets and more.
Pet parents want the best for their four-legged family members, and more and more are becoming aware of the impact their purchases are having on the planet. They want the best for their fur pal but also want to reduce their impact on the environment.
The following pet companies are leading the way with innovative and earth-friendly products.
P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You)
Not only are P.L.A.Y.’s lounge beds stylish and comfortable but they’re filled with PlanetFill® polyfiber, a patented material made from recycled plastic bottles.
So far, they’ve prevented an estimated 10 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills. Not too shabby.
Their green goals and community values are truly admirable and inspiring. You can even reuse and recycle your old t-shirts and other cozy materials by filling a Build-a-bed or Fill-a-bed cover.
The plush toys are totally adorable too (especially the seasonal ones which would make a great Christmas gift for dog lovers). Yay for P.L.A.Y.!
I have at least one poop bag in each pocket of every one of my jackets. I’m sure all responsible poop-scooping dog owners can relate.
Earth Rated, a Canadian company, has recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, and I’ve been a loyal customer since the beginning. I love their lavender-scented biodegradable poop bags which masks the smell of the stinky turds my chihuahua happily leaves behind for me to pick up.
They also offer Biobased wipes that are 100% compostable. These are great for dogs that aren’t so fond of baths.
Earth Rated generously donates fleece blankets and supplies to animal shelters and helps non-profit rescue organizations with their adoption campaigns. We all love a company that gives back!
I just had to feature this really amazing American company that upcycles bicycle inner tubes into durable and anti-microbial dog collars and leashes. Their philosophy on sustainability is rather impressive. They’ve saved more than 120 garbage trucks worth of inner tubes from landfills.
Look for Cycle Dog products at your local pet supply store or an online pet shop like petonly.ca. One of my favorite Canadian online stores for pet accessories and food.
I’ve seen a lot of trendy hemp collars and leashes on the market, but these are reportedly not as durable as conventional ones made of nylon or polypropylene. If you’re looking for durability, opt for the recycled or upcycled variety.
I’ll admit that I’m a bit biased when it comes to this Quebec company, having worked in the production plant for about a year during its early stages of growth and development.
The owner and founder of Faim Museau, Sarah, has put her heart and soul into building her business from preparing balanced recipes in her own kitchen to producing raw meat medallions in a state-of-the-art, quality-controlled food plant.
Faim Museau’s raw food recipes comprise of fresh ingredients sourced from Canadian suppliers. The ingredients are high-quality, human-grade and unprocessed, ensuring the best diet for your dog or cat.
My chihuahua Shelby (pictured above) has been on a raw food diet for at least 8 years and she’s never had any health problems. In fact, at 10 years old she still acts like a puppy. I’d never go back to feeding her grocery-store kibble full of unhealthy grains and preservatives.
If Faim Museau is not available in your area, here are a couple more (Shelby-approved) recommendations:
Stella and Chewy’s – Available in the U.S. and Canada. Stella and Chewy’s uses responsibly-sourced proteins and organic fruits and vegetables in their recipes. Nothing artificial. Only the good stuff! As a member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, they’ll be gradually introducing recyclable packaging which is a great step towards being a greener company.
Ziwi Peak – If you’d prefer the convenience of scoop-and-serve food than handling raw meat, Ziwipeak is a great option. Their recipes are gently air-dried which helps to preserve vitamins and minerals. This New Zealand company uses only the finest local ingredients such as free-frange, grass-fed meats, ethically-raised poultry, and wild-caught sustainable seafood. Their above-standard farming practices and animal welfare standards are beyond impressive.
This Toronto-based dog apparel company uses recycled materials and repurposed production scraps (mostly 100% wool fabric) from the garment industry to produce luxurious hand-made dog jackets.
Their adorable cockapoo Elanor is the inspiration behind their sustainable brand. They ship internationally!
When purchasing dog apparel, I highly recommend checking out your local artisans on Etsy.ca. Look for items that are made from recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials. This is the most sustainable way to dress up your pooch!
So that’s it! 5 pet brands that understand the importance of sustainability and are striving to reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint.
Hopefully this list inspires you to go the extra step of finding pet products that are more eco-friendly. It’s wonderful to see more and more brands taking a greener approach to the manufacturing of all kinds of pet products.
Please feel free to mention your favourite sustainable pet brands in the comments below!