These days, most people are at least beginning to make a conscious effort to reduce their environmental footprint. Pet owners are also trying to keep their pet’s paw prints light as well and fortunately, environmentally friendly pet supplies are becoming more and more readily available. Eco-friendly pet supplies help keep your pet happier and healthier while improving the overall health of your household.
Statistics show that at least 62% of all US households include at least one pet. That breaks down to about 71.4 million homes. With the overwhelming interest in environmentally responsible pet products, manufacturers have listened to the consumers and eco-friendly pet merchandise is becoming big business. For 2010, it estimated that $47.7 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.
Below is a list of products currently offered by The Mom & Paw Shop that will help you become greener pet owner.
Biodegradable Doggie Litter Bags
If you are a dog owner looking for environmentally friendly pet supplies consider purchasing biodegradable doggie litter bags. If you clean up after our dogs using a plastic bag it will take decades for the plastic to breakdown. However, the biodegradable option will decompose in only 18 months. All of our poop bags are 100% degradable and we offer a selection of stylish bag dispensers as well (see left). You can purchase these products from our online store by clicking here.
Eco-Friendly Pet Beds
The Mom & Paw Shop carries a large selection of eco-friendly pet beds. Don’t worry, you can buy your dog or cat an eco-friendly bed without sacrificing comfort. The bed shown above is the Organic Bumper Bed® made from West Paw Designs. The Organic Bumper Bed® is made with a removable organic cotton cover, helping our Earth by reducing the amount of chemicals we put into the ground. The cushion used on the inside of the bed is made from 100% recycled IntelliLoft™, which was previously plastic soda bottles. All of the West Paw Designs’ pet beds that we carry are made from recycled plastic bottles. Since 2006, West Paw claims they have helped divert more than 4.03 million plastic bottles from landfills.
We also carry the Eco+ line pet beds from Bowsers Pet Products. These beds are made from organic natural hemp fabrics as well as “Eco-Tech” fleece made from post consumer recycled soda bottles. We are continually adding these products to our website so if you don’t see what you want, please let us know and we’ll be happy to order for you.
Remember…recycling is a cyclical process. In order for it to work, consumers must buy products made from recycled materials!
In addition to buying toys made from recycled materials, buying durable, long lasting toys will allow you to consume less which, in turn, reduces your impact on the environment. The Mom & Paw Shop specializes in durable toys but we also carry a growing selection of toys made from recycled materials. Planet Dog and West Paw Designs seem to be leading the way in providing Eco-Friendly dog toys so look for these brands when visiting our toy section. You can also read more about these brands by reading the “Looking for a long lasting, durable dog toy?” blog.
And let’s not forget about the cats! Organically grown catnips avoid the use of dangerous chemicals and pesticides helping protect our environment and promoting sustainable agriculture practices. Your cat and the environment will appreciate organic catnip.
Collars and Leashes
There are a number of eco friendly options for collars and leashes that are stylish and durable. Recycled rubber collars are one example of an eco friendly option. They come in a variety of collars, have a look similar to leather, are waterproof and can stand up to your animal chewing at them.
Collars, leashes, and harnesses made from hemp is another environmentally friendly option for your pet. Hemp is a sustainable crop that does not require chemicals or pesticides to grow. Hemp collars and leashes come in a variety of styles and collars and are extremely durable.
There’s no end to the types of products that can be made from recycled materials. In addition to the items above, The Mom & Paw Shop carries dog bowl placemats and doormats from Bowsers Pet Products that are made from recycled rubber tires.
Although we are still a new company, we realize the importance of providing Eco-Friendly pet products to our customers and will continue to expand our selection so we can do our part in providing a greener planet for our pets to enjoy with us.