Consumers have grown increasingly concerned about what enters their pets’ mouths because of the pet food recalls from a few years ago. Pet owners were shocked to discover that the brands they’d trusted had let them down. In an effort to become proactive consumers, pet owners now carefully scrutinize the labels of every product that comes near their pets’ mouth – including their pets’ toys.
Pet toy manufacturers have responded to this growing concern about safety through the creation of more all-natural and organic pet toys. Additionally, more pet owners have started to look at the consequences of what they buy—where they go when they throw them away, what effect they have on the earth, and how they will affect their children’s future. They can see how important it is to purchase products with sustainability in mind.
Traditional plush toys often use cotton treated with pesticides and herbicides in production, but some manufacturers have changed their philosophy to become more eco-friendly. Simply Fido’s organic plush toys are made with certified organic cotton. These organic toys also contain natural dyes extracted from minerals and roots in place of traditional chemical dyes and bonding chemicals.
Pharmaceutical-grade, natural-rubber-based chew toys, like those made by My Good Dog, also appeal to consumers looking for safe toys for their pets.
Organic catnip, made by manufacturers such as DuckyWorld Products, Inc. have also become increasingly popular choices for felines. E.A.T.S.—Edible Animal Treats also offers edible “jawbreaker-like” treats for Fluffy, which pose a great alternative to non-consumable chew toys made of fabric or plastic.
West Paw Design, which makes eco-friendly pet beds, has added a toy line for consumers looking for green pet toys for cats and dogs. Made from recycled plastic soda bottles and post-consumer fibers, these products are durable and come in all the same designs and colors as their less eco-friendly counterparts.