It’s not hard beng green, but it does take a little education to know what you’re looking for, and research to sniff out some of the sources. So, in order to free you to participate in your local Earth Day celebration, Bark has done the legwork and rounded up a selection of eco-friendly gear for your consideration. Now, get out there and enjoy the day!
Chronicle Books’ EcoDog: Healthy Living for Your Pet , by Corbett Marshall and Jim Deskevich
The more we learn about the effects of chemicals, artificial ingredients and preservatives on our own bodies (and how to avoid them), the more sense it makes to safeguard our pets as well. Eco Dog is a comprehensive guide to healthy, nontoxic and planet-friendly dog care. Jam-packed with information, tips and projects—ever wonder what to do with that pile of moth-eaten sweaters? Make them into a pet blanket!—Eco Dog is your road map to reducing your paw print on the earth.
Earthdog’s Hemp Collars and Leads
Whether you select an understated solid color or a flashy pattern from the decorative line, you’ll find that Earthdog’s hemp collars and leads are durable, comfortable and hypo-allergenic to boot. Hemp, like cotton, is a highly renewable and versatile fiber resource, but unlike cotton, which accounts for about 50 percent of the world’s pesticide use, hemp is a very hardy plant that requires no herbicides or pesticides to grow. Textiles made from hemp are stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fabric. And to sweeten the earth-friendly deal, Earthdog is a carbon-neutral company.
West Paw Design’s Eco Slumber Bed
One of the easiest things to do for Earth Day is to give up bottled water. Get yourself a water filter and a snazzy refillable bottle and, boom, you’re instantly part of the solution instead of part of the problem of plastic bottle waste. If you want to go one better, check out West Paw Design’s Eco Slumber Bed. Made with 85 percent recycled IntelliLoft ™ fibers and then filled with 100 percent recycled IntelliLoft™ fiber fill, these beds have saved more than 409 tons of plastic bottles from spending the next 800 years in a landfill. As a bonus, West Paw made sure that both the pillow and cover are machine washable.
Canine Earth’s Bath Products
We dare you: Grab your pup’s shampoo bottle and look at the list of ingredients. How many can you pronounce? Do you really want to slather them on your dog? The founders of Canine Earth didn’t want to either, so they developed a line of bath products made with ingredients that are 95 to 100 percent USDA-certified organic. Their products smell good enough to eat (yes, one of our dogs actually tried) and are completely free of petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, and artificial colors and fragrances. At Canine Earth, they take their organic certification seriously and want their customers to do so too; check out the library of information they provide on their website to learn more about the sometimes-confusing realm of organic certification.
Wagatha’s Extraordinary Biscuits for Dogs
So you want to switch to a healthier and more eco-friendly diet for your dog, but the cost of such a diet doesn’t line up with your budget? Good news! You can take a small step in that direction by feeding organic treats. Wagatha’s biscuits are popular with the Bark pack—not only are they made from 100 percent certified organic, human-grade and kosher ingredients, but most of the ingredients—with the exception of olive oil, bananas and honey—come from U.S. sources. And the can, made from recycled materials, is completely recyclable. A win-win!
Woof Wear Organics’ Dog Toys
We’re always on the lookout for natural-fiber alternatives to those acrylic stuffies, so we were happy to learn about Woof Wear Organics’ new line of toys made with organic bamboo terrycloth and stuffed with organic cotton fill. Bamboo, like hemp, is a fiber of the future, thriving without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers; not only that, it generates 35 percent more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. You can breathe easy and help your pup channel his inner panda with one of these adorable toys.
Itzadog’s Ecollargy Collar and Leads
Itzadog recently introduced its line of Ecollargy™ collars and leads. Made in Colorado from reclaimed billboards and bicycle inner tubes, the Ecollargy™ line is a perfect example of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” ethic. Using this retired material not only helps divert it from our already overflowing landfills, it also results in one-of-a-kind collars with vibrant colors and graphics—giving it a new (ahem) leash on life.