Leashes and Leads for Your Furry Friends

For pet parents, collars, harnesses, and leashes allow us to safely take our dogs out for walks and training, while also giving our pups some style and pizzazz. Leather and nylon webbing are the two most common materials used in typical collars, but sustainable materials like hemp, repurposed rope, and organic cotton are becoming more mainstream, making it easier than ever to be more earth-friendly.

We’ve rounded up seven brands who are crafting, sewing, and producing sustainable dog collars and leashes for everyday use. Keep calm and carry (or collar) on.

And while you’re giving your fur baby an eco-friendly upgrade, check out our guides to sustainably made pet beds, supplies, and natural pet foods!

1. Little Pine

Best For | Hiking
Standout Ethic | Made with repurposed climbing rope
Our Pick | Climbing Rope Leash
Price | $35 CAD

Love taking your dog on long walks or leisurely hikes? Little Pine, founded in British Columbia, Canada, makes the experience even better with its adventure-inspired pet products. The team repurposes materials from the local mountaineering community like climbing rope and instructor jackets, and the end result is durable leashes and collars, ideal for use in the great outdoors. 

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2. Wild One

Best For | Shorter leashes/smaller breeds
Standout Ethic | Sponsors pet rescues
Our Pick | Durable Dog Leash
Price | $58

Wild One offers everything you’d need for your fur baby, from collars and leashes to harnesses and pet shampoo. With each purchase, a portion is used to sponsor the rescue of a pet each week via the Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, and helps to find them their fur-ever homes. Wild One’s leashes are dirt- and odor-resistant, water-proof, and easy-to-clean, which means you can use them on adventures or everyday strolls. We especially love the shorter version of the Durable Dog Leash for smaller breeds.

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3. The Good Dog Company

Best For | Hemp collars, harnesses, & leashes
Standout Ethic | Made with 55 percent eco-friendly hemp & 45 percent certified organic cotton
Our Pick | Hemp Dog Collar
Price | $19.99

You’ll be proud to have your pup rock The Good Dog Company’s dog collars, leashes, and harnesses. Handcrafted out of Hendersonville, NC, each product is made with a mix of certified organic cotton and eco-friendly hemp, making it hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. As a biodegradable crop, these hemp-based collars and leashes are truly as sustainable as you can get.

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4. The Wolf Nest

Best For | Hands-free leashes
Standout Ethic | Hand-knotted & sewn with natural cotton
Our Pick | Sage Multi-Lead Leash
Price | $61

Female-run small business The Wolf Nest lovingly creates pet beds while partnering with local brands to offer pet bowls, leashes, and collars. In this case, its leashes are made by husband-and-wife brand DOGFLOUR using natural cotton rope and non-toxic dye. At the end of this days-long process, we’re left with the Multi-Lead Leash, which is a multifunctional piece that we can use for a hands-free walk.

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5. Found My Animal

Best For | Adopted dogs
Standout Ethic | Gives back
Our Pick | Adjustable Ombre Cotton Rope Leash
Price | $62

With Found My Animal, pets can wear their parents’ values on their sleeve—well, on their fur. The company promotes animal adoption every chance it gets by pairing its collars and leashes with a stamped FOUND tag to celebrate adoption awareness. The collars and leashes are handcrafted in the team’s New York space using US-manufactured nylon rope, and Found My Animal puts its money where its mouth is by giving back to dozens of animal rescue organizations.

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6. If It Barks

Best For | Training leashes
Standout Ethic | USA-sourced & sewn
Our Pick | Reflective Martingale Collar
Price | $33

Since 2002, If It Barks has been a small business offering dog collars and leashes. With sustainability as a core value, the team is dedicated to sourcing all materials in the USA and hand-sewing each product in the heart of North Carolina. If your doggo is still in the training phase, we highly recommend these specialty Martingale leashes to prevent them from backing out of collars or pulling too much. Plus, the reflective collars are helpful for evening training practice.

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7. Noggins & Binkles

Best For | Vegan leather options
Standout Ethic | Sustainable, ethical, & cruelty-free materials only
Our Pick | Vegan Cork Leather Dog Collar
Price | £30

Based out of London, Noggins & Binkles crafts earth-friendly collars and leads that are as stylish as they are sustainable. Utilizing materials like vegan cork leather, Pinatex, and organic cotton, all products are cruelty-free because the brand believes we shouldn’t harm one animal just to support another. Available worldwide, the team will also help you create a bespoke product too, made just for your little one.

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