The Good Green Dog: See Spot Recycle


Humans can’t have all the fun when it comes to saving our planet. My pug Smokey is getting into the act with toys, collars and even beds that are better for the environment. Good boy!

Green animal supplies can be difficult to find. Here’s the best of what I’ve discovered:

Among the innovative earth-friendly pet supplies I’ve been fetching on the web are the adjustable hemp collars ($19), leashes ($24) and chew rope toys at Eco-Pet. Since Smokey has no neck and a limited number of teeth, he digs the Plush Frog and Plush Salamander toys ($13) made from natural fibers (including recycled soda bottles).

At night, when I’ve had enough snoring and want to shove him onto his own bed, he dreams of pretty little poodles on his mod, geometric Eco Slumber bed, which Smokey and I hunted down at a bone to pick. ($85). It’s a four-square design in retro blue, white, beige and red and it’s made with an organic cotton cover and filled with post-consumer recycled stuffing. The bed is a natural in my modern bedroom. And the re-engineered fibers helps spare some of the waste going to landfills.

If your dog is bigger than a breadbox (or a pug) he might prefer the XX-large size Bella Eco-Friendly Dog Bed ($80) at Pet Squared. Big breeds, such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Rotts will drool over the cozy, baffled cave shape made from breathable recycled cotton fiber and recycled stuffing. Washable and 100% hypoallergenic, the round loungers come in two-tone color choices and emerge as ethnic woven baskets. (They’re also available for smaller dogs.)

To reward Smokey for sleeping through the night in his own bed, I throw him a bone and a 100% hemp Sur-Le-Champ floating disk toy (a green version of the frisbee) for $11.

I can’t always get my willful pug to “stay” but I hope the new breed of green animal supplies will.

Images: A Bone to Pick

Luanne Bradley

Luanne Sanders Bradley is the West coast Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in San Francisco, California.