A Guide To Eco-Friendly Dog Toys.
The amount of people looking to lead “greener” more economically friendly lifestyles is on the rise. It really is true that the more minor changes we can make into our everyday lives – the more we can help preserve our amazing planet.
This is why eco-friendly dog toys are a paw-fect solution for all the eco-conscious fur parents out there – and your equally as environmentally aware pooch!
Knowing where to start and what to buy to make the world a better place can be difficult. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll help you conquer the world of eco-friendly dog toys and accessories.
We’ll tell you what materials eco dog toys are made from, how they positively impact the environment, and most importantly – why your four-legged friend will love them!
We’ll give you some options on which toys will be an excellent start for making a move over to a greener lifestyle, from companies who are passionate about making a change.
What are eco-friendly dog toys made of?
Simply put, eco-friendly dog toys are made from a variety of materials that are environmentally or sustainable. This means that the toys are produced in a way that has minimal, reduced, or no harm to the environment or the world’s ecosystems.
Some materials you might have heard of, some you might not have. Some of the popular materials used for eco-friendly dog toys are regenerated cotton, organic cotton and polyfill. But there are more uncommon materials such as Hemp rope and Beech wood that provide some fantastic benefits!
Let’s take a closer look at each of these materials.
Organic cotton is made from non-genetically modified plants. It doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers. It is also kept out of the way of the surrounding environment, which is excellent news for our other wildlife.
Recycled poly fill
Recycled poly fill is usually made from plastic bottles, meaning those bottles won’t end up in landfills. Recycled poly fill is also hypoallergenic, meaning it’s a popular choice for winder eco-friendly pet products such as dog beds and plush toys.
Hemp ropes are made from all-natural Hemp, which means they have not been treated, sprayed, or grown with any toxic chemicals, additives, or pesticides. Another advantage is that Hemp is digestible for dogs, unlike many popular rope chews on the market. They’re also great for cleaning your pup’s teeth and massaging their gums, which aids their overall dental health.
One of the most common questions we get asked about hemp ropes is, “will it make my dog high?”
The answer is “No”, definitely not! Hemp is not like its cousin plant and will not give your dog a high.
One of our favourite Hemp rope products is the Hemp rope ring by Beco. You can pick this up on our website, priced at £8.99. And a bonus is that 5% from the sale of this product goes to Ocean Generation charity via Work For Good.
What do the dogs think of this toy? Well, we have a delighted customer in one of our recent product reviews, “Domino really likes this toy! She chewed quite vigorously but had only managed to get through a couple of strands. So it’s quite tough.”
Beech wood makes an ideal natural chew for your dog. Again, this product is free from chemicals, additives, and colourings made from natural Beech trees. The Beech wood has been dried naturally to preserve its nutrients, which are released once your dog chews them. Beechwood is a splinterless hardwood and a fantastic eco-friendly alternative to plastic.
You can find a selection of Smug Mutts Beech wood toys over on our site, prices ranging from £11.99 – £14.99!
These make the perfect tug-of-war toy for your companion.
How to choose quality eco-friendly dog toys?
Hopefully, we’ve given you a “ruff” guide around what to look out for when buying an eco-friendly toy for your pet. The first thing that you should look for is to check what material your toy is made from. Hemp, Beech wood, and organic cotton are materials that you should look out for. If you’re still not sure about which toy is suitable for your pup, get in touch with the Pets Against Plastics team, and we’ll be more than happy to offer our advice.
Eco-friendly toys come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so there’s bound to be an option to suit your four-legged friend.
The more discarded waste we can keep away from landfills, the better. Remember, the smallest of changes really do make a significant difference!
You can read more about eco-friendly dog toys over on our blog: https://petsagainstplastics.co.uk/blog/