When it comes to making more conscious choices related to our furry animal companions, the same basic rules apply. Firstly, you should aim to reduce unnecessary consumption by buying pet food and other products in bulk and have your pets spayed and neutered to prevent overpopulation. Secondly, you should try your best to reuse existing animal-safe household items (old socks, rope, newspaper taped together and even old rags that can be tied, soaked and frozen for their chewing pleasure). The last rule is to ensure you recycle old toys and buy products that use eco-friendly materials like natural fibers, biodegradable plastic and recycled paper.
Here are 10 earth friendly toys that will leave your pooch and the planet equally happy!
1. West Paw Design Zogoflex® Hurley Dog Toy
This durable and versatile chew bone is made of the 100% recyclable Zogoflex® material. It comes in large and small sizes in 3 attractive colors. In addition, if your dog damages the bone, West Paw will give you a one time free replacement or refund! West Paw also manufactures a range of sustainable fabric toys
2. Hagen Dogit Eco Terra Natural Canvas/Cotton Toy, Bear
The Dogit Eco Terra Natural Canvas/Cotton Toys, manufactured by Hagen are made from sustainable, renewable natural resources and use minimal recycled packaging to further reduce the ecological footprint. Click here
for their entire range of eco terra toys
, which include donkeys, rabbits and squirel shaped toys, in addition to the monkey pictured above.
3. Cycle Dog Retreads EB Chaser Dog Toy Ball Natural and Recycled Rubber Green
This erratic bounce toy is made from a blend of natural post-consumer recycled rubber. Cycle dog manufactures a few other similar products
that are also non-toxic and safe for your dog.
4. Striped Hemp Eco Friendly Dog Bone Toy
This striped Hemp Eco Friendly Dog Bone Toys are stuffed with a two way squeaker and hypo-allergenic, eco-friendly fiber made from 100% recylced post-consumer plastic. Available in orange
5. Recycled Rubber Ball
RecycleBALLS are made from 100% quality recycled Orbee-Tuff material that would otherwise be discarded. This is a non-toxic, eco-friendly and recyclable toy that your dog will love to chase. Also available in purple
6. Pup Treads Recycled Rubber
This tough and durable toy is great for aggressive chewers and teething pups. It provides natural flossing action for clean teeth and health gums and is made with recycled materials for a healthier, cleaner environment.
7. Hyperflite Jawz Déjà Flew Recycled Disc
The Jawz disc is made from pre and post-consumer recycled Jawz disc material. Because they are made from retired Jawz discs of many different colors, they can only be colored black. The disc is durable and aerodynamic and can be a lot of fun for you and your dog in the park.
8. ORE Pet Recycled Canvas Old Shoe Dog Toy
9. Zanies Cotton Eco-Friendly Rope Rings
This classic-shaped and natural cotton ring rope toy is great for dogs. Ring shapes are fun to chew and toss. Each includes a hangtag. Comes in small size and measures 3-1/2-inch diameter.
10. Eco Friendly Frisbee
The Green Toys EcoSaucer Flying Disk is made from sturdy 100% recycled plastic milk containers. As Green Toys puts it… “weighing in at 130ish grams, it soars with Good Green Fun!!!”