For many puppy parents, it’s a constant dilemma: you want your dog to have plenty of toys to keep him entertained, engaged and happy, but you also hate seeing heaps of plastic toys being destroyed in the process. a blink of an eye and which also add to the landfill. rapidly.
While it’s always important to supervise playtime and choose toys that are safe and suitable for your dog and his needs, there are a few factors you can consider if you want to choose pet toys that are a little more respectful. of the environment. For example, if you want to make more eco-friendly choices when selecting dog toys, keep an eye out for choices that are:
- Made from materials that are sustainable (such as hemp, natural rubber, or bamboo) or recycled/upcycled (such as recycled plastic)
- Durable and long lasting (because toys that last longer means toys stay out of the bin longer
- Biodegradable and non-toxic
Whether you’re looking for a gift for your favorite pet or want to start gradually replacing your own pup’s toys with more eco-friendly dog toy options, we’ve rounded up a few options that are perfect for everyone’s playtime. puppy. Check out these eco-friendly alternatives or get inspired to find similar options at your local pet store.
A recycled cotton macrame tug toy
For many dogs, there’s nothing quite like a good tug game – and these handmade macrame tug toys are just the thing to make those games even more fun (and more eco-friendly). , thanks to a 100% recycled cotton cord). Ideal for fetching or tugging with your dog, these versatile toys are made in Quebec.
Macrame dog toy KnottyPawsShop, Etsy, $15.
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A fun flying disc (made from recycled plastic)
Ideal for moderate chewers who enjoy running, chasing and chewing, this flying disc dog toy may look like an old-fashioned plastic frisbee disc, but take a closer look. The toy is made with zero-waste eco-friendly Zogoflex and ocean-bound recycled plastic.
West Paw Seaflex Sailz Dog Toy Flying Disc, Amazon, $18.
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A resistant turtle with a recycled plastic cloth
Want a toy that uses recycled materials, but is a little softer and cute? This cute turtle toy is ideal for dogs, durable (with double stitching and reinforcement) and made with recycled materials – over 80% of the toy’s fabric and stuffing is made with recycled plastic.
Beco Rough & Tough Recycled Plastic Turtle Dog Toy, Amazon, $36.
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A recycled rubber ball to throw
Does your dog like to run fast and chase a ball? Made from recycled natural rubber, this 2-1/2 inch diameter ball is easy to clean and designed to fit any average Chuckit ball launcher! Brand (sold separately).
Chuckit! Recycled Remmy Ball, Amazon, $11.
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A dog bone toy made from biodegradable hemp
Handcrafted from durable hemp canvas (and filled with grade A natural hemp fiber), these adorable, hypoallergenic dog bone toys are naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Even better? When the toy reaches the end of its time with your pup, it’s also biodegradable and compostable. The seller reminds us that even tough toys made from non-toxic materials shouldn’t be eaten – so always supervise your pup during playtime.
Small hemp dog bone toy BohemiHandcrafted, Etsy, $21.
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Natural rubber treat toys
Natural rubber is durable and environmentally friendly, making it an ideal base for many dog toys. Grab these pear-shaped toys: Made from pet-safe natural rubber, these toys are durable and hold their shape, while making a fun activity for your pup (you can put treats or kibble inside interior for your dog to discover).
Chew King Premium Treat Dog Toy, 2-Pack, Amazon $25.
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A natural rubber toy with a little squeak
Is your puppy an aggressive chewer? Natural rubber toys are also a good choice for dogs that prefer tough toys. Made with eco-friendly, non-toxic natural rubber, this super cute hippo toy is easy to chew and features a built-in squeaker (warning: the squeaker might be more fun for your dog than it is for you).
PETIZER Squeaky Dog Toy, Amazon, $20.
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A bamboo bone
Bamboo is a durable material that is ideal for dog toys. This KONG CoreStrength Bamboo Bone Toy is made with bamboo-infused material to help create a more durable toy that also entices dogs to chew. The bone also features bumps and raised textures to help keep teeth cleaner.
KONG CoreStrength Bamboo Bone Large, Amazon, $18.
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