We are dedicated to finding a balance between sustainability and safety with our gear. Our number one priority is the safety of your dog, which is why you will find some of our products contain recycled plastic instead of natural fibers.
What's it made of & why?
All of our bandanas are made of 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that will naturally breakdown much quicker than something like polyester.
Collars & Leashes
Our collars and leashes are made from 100% recycled polyester that is made from post-consumer water bottles.
Isn't polyester plastic?
Polyester is a plastic based material that we chose for the safety of our dogs. The cotton and other natural fiber alternatives we found did not have measurable tensile strength, mostly due to the irregularities of cotton fibers. This left us having to choose a synthetic option. We went with 100% recycled polyester to avoid introducing more new plastic to the world.
We use plastic buckles on our collars because we have found they hold up better than metal buckles. In comparison to metal buckles they are lightweight and jam far less than frequently. The d-rings and leash hooks we use are made from stainless steel, which can be melted down and reused again and again.
Made of polyurethane. While I wish these didn't have to be made from plastic based materials, polyurethane was one of our better options. It is non-toxic, it doesn't consist of any chemicals that affect endocrine and hormone systems, and it does not contribute to the PH change in soil or water (source).
Why make them at all?
The environmental benefit of our poop carriers far out weighs the impact of them being made of plastic. Seems unlikely, right? Let me explain. Leaving your dog's poop to "decompose in nature" is extremely hazardous to the natural ecosystem and our water supplies. Your dog is probably not foraging for their own food, which means they're not part of the closed-loop system. Because they are not in that closed-loop system, any nutrients in their poop throw the balance of the system completely out of wack. That's not even taking into account any diseases, bacteria, or parasites your dog may be spreading to not only that closed loop system, but also our drinking water.
So please follow Leave No Trace & pack it out. Don't want to hold the bag? Try a poop carrier!
Made of food-grade silicone. Safety & functionality were our top priority with our lick mats, which unfortunately meant using a plastic-based material. To help offset that impact, we designed our lickmats to be sturdy with the intention of you getting years of use out them.
Our puzzle toys are currently made of plastic because it is easy to clean. We are looking into alternative materials.
Our duvets are made from 100% cotton canvas. Cotton is a natural fiber that will naturally breakdown much quicker than something like polyester.
All of our scrunchies are made of 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that will naturally breakdown much quicker than something like polyester.
Our tote bags are made from 100% cotton canvas. Cotton is a natural fiber that will naturally breakdown much quicker than something like polyester.
The straps are made from deadstock nylon that would have otherwise went to a landfill!
Packaging & Shipping
All of our orders are shipped in packaging that is recyclable & biodegradable. We use both paper mailers and eco-polymailers for the majority of our orders. If you plan on composting your packaging please leave us a note at checkout so we can make sure you get a paper mailer, which we've found compost much quicker than our eco-polymailers.
Occasionally we do have to ship orders in flat rate envelopes, which are unfortunately not biodegradable. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We offset the carbon emissions from all of our orders using Shopify Planet.