Eco Friendly Pet Toys: Green Pet Products

Posted on Jul 31 2012 - 11:45pm by Susan Bewley

Lucie Eco Friendly Pet Toys

As many of you know, I try using a variety of green products in my household. While I use green cleaners and products made from recycled plastic, I rarely ever think about my pets’ toys.  For some reason it never dawned on me to start looking for green pet products, at least until I read a study recently talking about how dogs and cats leave a larger carbon footprint than many humans – yikes! Even though I am suspicious of the study itself, it made me think that maybe I should start looking more into pet toys.  Lucie needs some new toys soon anyways, so I thought I might as well look into getting some new eco-friendly toys.

After a bit of searching, I was surprised at just how cheap many dog toys are made. Quite a few are even designed to fall apart quickly, leaving owners constantly buying toys and the old toys filling up landfills. Since money nor pet toys grow on trees, it seemed about time to start looking into some different pet manufacturers and experimenting with some different types of eco friendly pet toys!

Green Pet Products: West Paw

When it comes to green pet products,  West Paw has been dominating the market for quite some time with its large selection of eco friendly pet toys made from a variety of organic and recycled materials. Unlike other companies that try making natural pet products, West Paw focuses on being a green company itself by using minimal waste and recycled/reusing all the materials needed throughout their manufacture ring process. Even West Paw’s dog beds are filled with IntelliLoft – a fiber made from recycled plastic bottles.  One of their most popular products however, are their chew toys, made from Zogoflex. This toy is made from recycled plastic and is guaranteed to last a lifetime.  Some of West Paw’s most popular green pet products include:

Green Pet Products: Simply Fido

Simply Fido is a green pet manufacturer that focuses on creating eco-conscious pet toys for families who are trying to live a greener lifestyle. All of their toys are tested and certified 100% non-toxic, and use only organic cotton that is certified by the OCIA.  As well, Simply Fido only uses natural minerals and plants for all of their coloring, creating beautiful, vibrantly colored pet toys.  While they may not be as eco friendly as West Paw, their products are a bit easier to find and manufactured by a company that tries recycling and lessening it’s companies overall carbon footprint to create high quality green pet products. Some of their most well known pet toys include:

Green Pet Products: From the Field

Even though they are not as well known as West Paw or Simply Fido, From the Field is a green pet manufacturer that has been becoming popular both online and in many small, privately owned pet stores. From the Field’s focus is on preventing deforestation and pollution, by creating high quality pet products with a reduced carbon footprint for dogs and cats.  All of their products are biodegradable, pet safe, and pet friendly. Unlike most green pet products, From the Field’s pet toys are made from hemp, which is both earth friendly and renewable, not to mention being far more durable than cotton or paper.  Along with their hemp products, they also offer organic catnip that fits easily in all of their hemp cat toys. Some of their most popular green pet toys include:

Budget Earth & its writers did not recieve compensation or products from any companies mentioned in this article, which is completely the opinion of the writer.

About 

Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

47 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Brandi August 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    These sound like great pet toys!  I'll have to tell my mom about these for her dogs…she has two Bassets 🙂

  2. Jennifer Williams August 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I love their products, we have the eco-bone for our dog and she loves it.

  3. Yohana August 2, 2012 at 12:51 am - Reply

    My kitties will love them !! great review. Thank you

  4. Anna August 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Great post with great dog products

  5. Zoya Jackson August 3, 2012 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Great posting! i never knew that there are green toys for the pet too, thanks for sharing about it i will buy it for my pet.

  6. Tara August 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I don't have any pets but even if I did, I don't think I would ever think about green pet toys but it makes sense!  Great list of toys, going to share this with my friends that have pets 🙂

  7. Kellie August 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Great products! Thanks for the post 😀

  8. Trisha G. August 20, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I had no ides that they make green pet products! I'd love to get me moms pup the Tug-A-Hemp Dog Toy!  

    • Susan Bewley August 20, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

      I have bought from some of these companies in the past & they are so awesome! I found that these toys are less likely to splinter & break like some plastic manufacturered toys. Most important, our pets love them 😉

  9. Sue Invegas August 20, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I am always looking for new toys for my dogs as well as things that are safe. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Momma and boys living on a budget August 20, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I think that these are great pet toys and it is nice to be green! 

  11. Sofia August 20, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    All the toys sound like fun…yeah, I wish I had a kitty…!

  12. Melinda Dunne August 20, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    My dogs would love the toys from West Paw.

  13. Tamara August 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing, I prefer to get my fluffy kids green pet products it is so hard to find in our area, I never thought to look on amazon.

  14. Alaina Bullock August 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    What awesome products! Thanks for telling us about this company!

  15. Angie August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Love the great products! Lucie is a beauty too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  16. MamaBreak August 27, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Your cat looks a lot like mine! Thanks for the great review!

  17. Alaina Bullock August 27, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Great review and an awesome site!  So many cool toys my cat will love!  Thanks!

  18. Heather Bryant October 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    My cat would love the feathers, good reiview thanks!

  19. Tosh October 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Such cool toys! I will have to look into grabbing some of these! 

  20. Kelly R October 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the post, I am always looking for new toys for my pets.

  21. Sadie October 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Which eco-friendly pet toys would you recommend for BIG chewers? Right now Isis just has a Kong.

    • Susan Bewley October 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      I would highly recommend the West Paw Zogoflex Hurley  or a tightly tied Hemp Rope. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a really indestructable toy (especially with pitties) but it took our english Bblldog about two months to completely destroy either of those. Bull dogs and pitties are both really big chewers so they have to have something that last or you will be spending a FORTUNE on toys!

  22. Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom October 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I hadn't even thought about needing to find green pet toys… I will definitely keep these in mind when I'm shopping for my siblings furbabies!

  23. Ashley S October 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I didn't know they made eco friendly dog toys! This rocks!

    • Susan Bewley October 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      They are pretty awesome! I know cats love them too!

  24. marylou sakosky March 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    the pet friendly cat toy with the cat nip would be right up my alley for my 2 cats .Mom Miss Sable and her son Smokie Joe would have a blast .And natural products would be

     great /thank you for sharing

  25. Frank Lee April 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm - Reply

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  26. Kayla Davis May 7, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Thanks  for the info

  27. tanya devenney May 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    great review and info my dog would love these products

  28. Cheryl Chervitz May 21, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I would have never thought much about pet toys being green, but I'm always learining something new!  Thanks for sharing.

  29. Becky Schollian May 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Really like this. My little dog is so picky. We are always looking for him something he won't turn his nose up to. thought we had run out of options. We will be giving West Paw Design a try. Thanks

  30. marissa lee May 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    i'm going to invest in these toys for my furbaby…every toy we buy her she tears them apart…she needs sturdy toys…thank you for sharing.

  31. Maria Iemma June 4, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    We just got a kitten – first time we have a pet in about 10 years since the apartment where we lived did not allow any.  I am looking for toys for him. Thanks.

  32. Carissa Joslyn June 18, 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I love this post. I've also never really thought about going green with my pets. 
    I have cats and dogs, but they live with either my mom or dad as I can't have pets where I am now. But I'm moving into a place where I can have my cats.  So I'm going to start looking into more green options for them! 
     

    • Susan Bewley June 19, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

      I really hadn’t either until I was out on my own. We always made our own pet toys or gave our dogs hemp ropes since they were so easy to find back home. When I started looking at pet toys and food myself I was horrified at the things our beloved animals put in their mouths. Some of the chemicals are actually pretty toxic!

  33. Carissa Joslyn June 18, 2013 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Also,  What about Cat trees? any advice when searching? I'm currently in the market for a decent sized one for my kitties! 🙂 

    • Susan Bewley June 19, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Hmm…I know for my kitty I had one made of hemp rope and other natural materials. I found mine at one of the local pet store around here. I know one of my friends loved the Go Pet Club Tree.

  34. Ashley F June 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I LOVE WestPaw products! We used them for the dogs when I worked at a shelter because they were so durable!

  35. Beth H. July 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I never thought there were green products for pets. It's great to know that they offer this. I definetly will be buying more now that I know they exist. Thanks for the review.

  36. Heather Rachael July 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for writing about eco friendly pet toys. We need more of those out there. Love the pets!!!

  37. Lucy Lopez August 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I never knew there were such toys. It is great to know. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Jennifer Boehme August 5, 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

    The dog toys from China are very bad. Dogs have been sick or dying because of the toxic chimicals in the plastic of the toys. As soon as it's in their mouths, it starts. The Kong toy is on that list. I am careful of what toys I buy for my furkids now, along with where and how their food is made.

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Yes, some of the toys that are out there are very scary! The rule of thumb I tell people is do you want that in your toddlers mouth! If you are okay with it, then give it to your dog or cat!

  39. Georgia Beckman August 12, 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    ohhhh!  Our kitten (who is an IMP, btw!) has a fishing pole with a felt fish on it.  I'll bet he'd love this one with the feather.  His fishing pole is his favorite toy. He carries it all over the place, lol.

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