Making Conscious Choices
For Our Furry Friends
Pets can bring so much joy into our lives (shoutout to my lovebugs: Daisy, Croissant, and Rye) but also can become a challenge when faced with making more sustainable choices. While we may be experts when it comes to making our personal lives sustainable, from recycling to thrift shopping, we may have overlooked making sustainable decisions for our pets. But fear not, we are here to help spoil your furry friends while helping the environment in the process.
At the heart of these brands are pets loved by their owners, so much so that they set out to make the best possible ethical changes for their animals and the planet. While this article is primarily focused on cats and dogs, there are eco-friendly alternatives out there for your other (possibly scaly) animals. From ethically-made toys to organic foods, we have you covered on sustainable brands for your pets.
Creating “pet toys with a mission,” Honest Pet Products not only makes toys from eco-friendly materials, but they also partner with shelters to give back 50% of their profits. If you know a shelter that could use some extra love, you can reach out to Honest Pet Products here. Made largely with organic hemp for your cats and dogs, these products will take them a while to fully destroy.
2. Beco Pets
Dealing with the dirty part of pets is the least fun portion. These unscented biodegradable poop bags for you dogs will bring you peace of mind while cleaning up the deed on walks, at the dog park, or puppy play dates. All of Beco Pets products are consciously made with eco-friendly materials.
3. Ark Naturals
Ark Naturals makes foods for your cats and dogs of all ages right here in the USA with your pet’s health as the number one priority. They also make wellness and lifestyle products to give your loved ones all the care they deserve. From probiotics to dental care, Ark Naturals hits the gold standard in pet products.
4. King Kanine
For those extra into ~green~ living, King Kanine is here to help bring calmness to anxious or rambunctious animals. King Kanine makes organic high quality, safe, CBD products for your four legged friends. For those new to CBD and its uses you can read about King Kanine’s journey and how their products have helped pets (without getting them high) here.
Another brand helping make the dirty work of pets environmentally friendly is NEPCO. They make bedding and litter products from eco-friendly unrefined wood fibers for all of your pets—rabbits, birds, reptiles, cats, and more. All of their products are biodegradable and 100% natural.
Castor & Pollux Natural Petworks creates purposeful pet food with innovative ingredients that help you best nourish your cats and dogs. By using responsibly sourced organic ingredients, they are looking out for your furry friend’s best interest in health and happiness. Whether you are looking for wet or dry foods, Castor & Pollux has you covered.
7. Cycle Dog
Cycle Dog is an earth friendly pet company. Created in Portland, Oregon in 2009, Cycle Dog has been known for their dedication to making the best sustainable toys and and products for your dogs. You can also get your dog decked out in eco-friendly gear that not only looks good, but is good for the planet too. They’ll be the bell of the dog park.
DIY Your Own Pet Products
There is a whole industry out there to help you make your pet’s daily life more sustainable, but one of the easiest ways is to start with what you already have.
Have a dog that loves to destroy fabrics? Tie together some old rags you’d normally toss, to let them rip up, without ruining your favorite towels
Build your cat a castle out of old shoe boxes or cardboard packaging
Recycle shredded paper to use at the bottom of cages
When taking your dog for a walk, make it more eco-friendly by picking up trash you find along the way
Cook your own dog and cat food or treats, many can be made using leftovers you might normally toss
Not yet a dog mom and In the market for a new friend? Adopt, don’t shop. Check out your local shelters here or look up one of your local shelters.
Live somewhere where you can’t permanently house a pet? Or currently in the “don’t get the pet if you can’t afford the vet” phase? Shelters are always looking for volunteers, from walking dogs to playing with cats. You can get in touch with your local shelters to see if they are also in need of any food or toy donations as well.
Happy adventures with your favorite furry friends!
Sarah Spoljaric is a California girl through and through. She has a BA in World History from one of the top 10 greenest campuses in the world; The University of California, Merced and is a Content Curator for the visual travel app Trepic. She has a background in museum curating, loves reading women’s travel journals and is in search of the perfect IPA. She’s passionate about exploring this beautiful world that ethically-produced goods help to protect. Say hi on Instagram!