Resident pup Pepper enjoying beach time with her biodegradable beach ball.

In today’s modern society there is an ever-increasing focus on living a more “clean and green” lifestyle. There are ranges of household products now available that are produced with the environment in mind. You may have seen these items on your weekly shop with terms like “eco-friendly or sustainable” written on the packaging, all made with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint. But have you ever considered how the products we purchase for our pets affect the environment or better yet what products are available to help reduce the environmental carbon paw print of our furbabies? If not, keep reading (keep reading anyway… it’s good we promise).

There are about a handful of items you use on a daily basis that involve your beloved pet and going green does not mean having to make drastic changes to your lifestyle, instead it is all about incorporating sustainable but durable items into your everyday life. We have researched some excitingly innovative, sustainable and eco friendly pet products available in Australia now. Hopefully it will inspire you to help reduce your pets’ carbon paw print and give you peace of mind that while your furbaby may want to “kill the stuffed toy” you just purchased, nothing was killed in the manufacture of it.

ESSENTIAL DOG

View the complete range at http://www.essentialdog.com.au/

Essential Dog is a 100% Australian Owned & Made Company that produces natural grooming products for your dog including shampoos, conditioners, deodorisers and natural skin remedies for dogs with skin allergies or sensitivities. All of the products are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral and castor oils as well as containing no artificial colours, flavours or fragrances. The ingredients are locally sourced, Eco Cert approved and 100% biodegradable. The company is proudly vegan friendly with product made cruelty free. To top it off, all plastic packaging is 100% recyclable and made from biodegradable materials – Now that is one CLEAN & GREEN product (no pun intended).

BECO PETS

To see more of Beco Pets amazing range visit http://www.becopet.com/

Eco-Friendly Beco Bowls for Dogs & Cats Beco Pets are a company based on the UK and have an extensive array of dog and cat products from toys, bedding to food & poop accessories. Of particular interest are their Beco Bowls available for both dog and cat as well as for those animals that inhale their food. They are designed to be functional and durable as well as eco-friendly. The bowls are made from a biodegradable plastic replacement matrix, which contains 80% natural fibres, mainly bamboo and rice husks, and mixed with a biodegradable resin. The bowls are dishwasher safe and come in a variety of colours and sizes.

BARKING GREEN AUSTRALIA

Time for a stylish snooze? Barking Green has got you covered.

Pet bedding gets an environmental make over with Barking Green Australia. This company designs luxurious bedding, blankets and pet toys using GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified cotton fabric and 100% organic and biodegradable Australian Sheep wool farmed in Victoria. Each bed is handmade and made to order and there is a range of fabric designs you can choose from or mix and match. The fabric is made using eco-friendly, low impact dyes and are machine washable – perfect for when your furbaby seems to moult endlessly. Your pet will never want to get out of bed in the morning with an eco lounge at home. Want to design your pups next bed – head to http://www.barkinggreenaustralia.com/ to see the complete range of fabrics available.

PLANET DOG

Saving the planet one ball at a time…

You make think its crazy to consider buying a toy that is considered “sustainable” or “good for the environment” but it works on the same premise as recycling your daily waste. Think of the waste you alone generate on a daily basis..now times that by the members of your family, your neighbours, the community, the local town…. as you can see the sheer volume of waste we produce adds up quickly. But what if the solution was turning this unwanted “waste” into toys, items that will no doubt give your pet hours (or minutes depending on their teeth) of fun with the added benefit of reducing the carbon footprint – WINNING! Orbee-Tuff toys are made by Planet Dog and created from non-toxic, recyclable materials and designed with the most aggressive chewer in mind making them the perfect addition to any pooches toy box. Find them at http://www.planetdog.com/

Now… I must get back to tending to my veggie patch… saving the world one carrot at a time.

Love Fleayonce x

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