How Your Pet Can Help You Live More Ethically

Website banner of a happy dog puppy as lying in the grassThey're your best friend. Your (probably reluctant) cuddle buddy. A regular on your Instagram page.

Now, your pet can slot perfectly into your mission to live more sustainably. We've rounded up the cutest ethical pet treat projects that you need to get involved with.

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1. Treats that give back to pets in need

Friends Vicky and Jonathan founded handmade dog treat brand Beautiful Joe's to make tasty treats that can contribute to animal welfare on a wider scale.

Every time you buy your pooch some of their treats, they'll send the same amount to a rescue home. These treats are used to train rescue dogs, making it easier for them to be re-homed as soon as possible. Awwww.

2. One hundred per cent vegan collars and leads

So adorable, and yet so ethical. Deck out your dog in flamingo or pineapple print, safe in the knowledge that every stage of Shed Brooklyn's manufacturing process has also been animal friendly in every way.

Deliveries available to the UK.

3. Sustainable dog jumpers made in the Andes

Your dog deserves only the best, and we can't think of anything better than eco-friendly Alpaca jumpers –crafted in Peru.

Patricia Queirola founded ethical dog jumper brand Alqo Wasi in 2005, training vulnerable Peruvian women in weaving, knitting and embroidery to give them an opportunity to participate in a competitive labour market.

Alpaca fur is one of the finest fibres in the world, so these jumpers are super snuggly and warm. Plus, we are all about the empowerment of local communities to make and sell their own products.

4. Organic cat nip made from recycled wool

London-based luxury pet brand Cheshire & Wain want your cat to have the most sustainable playtime ever: the cutest cat nip characters include lobsters, gingerbread men and turkeys.


5. Locally crafted treats for yourself and your pet, all wrapped in biodegradable packaging

Fetch and Follow have sustainable spoils available for you and your dog. Whether you go for all-natural soaps to treat yourself after a long dog walk, or a hand-spun, hand-stuffed organic cotton dog bed for your pet, all packaging is recycled or biodegradable.

See also:

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Inside The UK's First Plant-Based 'Mylk Man' Service

Why You Need To Think About Ethics Whenever You Buy Jewellery