Lately I’ve developed a habit of placing a toy in my dog’s beds and loungers. Sometimes the toy disturbs his sleep, and he kicks it out of the bed. As soon as he changes spot, I promptly place the toy back. It has become an everyday ritual. Ask pet parents and they will tell you about the joys of having a home with dog toys strewn around 😊 Some dogs love to choose from a pile of toys, brings it to human to play fetch. Such play time is a great way to bond with your dogs.
But is it hard to be an eco-conscious pup-parent? I started thinking about it a few years ago when my dog had to undergo a surgery to get his intestines moving. The veterinarian kept asking us could he have swallowed part of a toy? I knew that wasn’t possible but kept thinking what if he had swallowed a plastic toy? Besides adding to the already existing plastic waste, it can be a huge health hazard for our dogs. So, for all the conscious pet parents here’s a list of 5 eco-friendly dog toy brands in the UAE.
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Doggy Be’s eco-friendly plush toy sets
Doggy Be offers a cool collection of themed, safe and eco-friendly plush toys from P.L.A.Y including crinkle, rope, squeaky and enrichment toys. The fillings of the toys are made of recycled plastic bottles. These are machine washable and dryer safe. The range starts at AED135 and goes up to AED265+.
Green & Wilds’ eco dog toys
Available on Dubaipetfood.com, UK-based brand Green & Wilds’ toys are fun, eco-friendly and recyclable. Made using pure jute and split leather, the toys are twin stitched over four layers of jute, filled with cotton jute rope, waste cotton or a recycled plastic bottle. Starting at AED35 the range goes up to AED75+.
Project Blu toys fun for pets, good for the planet
Although the range is limited on Dubaipetfood.com another eco-friendly toy brand is Project Blu. This sustainability conscious brand uses Duratex fabric which is combination of ocean-bound plastic bottles and eco-friendly cotton to make its range of dog toys. The Project Blu bone toys available at Dubaipetfood.com are priced at AED35.
The cute range of Beco toys are made using recycled materials including recycled polyester while the cloth and stuffing are made from recycled plastic. Some dogs love to play rough and Beco knows it. The panels in the toys are woven together with double stitching making stronger and hard wearing. In addition to stuffed and rope toys, Beco also offers a bone toy made of natural rubber. Available on Pet’s Delight the range starts at AED25 and goes up to AED55.
WO Wild with Pawdega
Like its other health and wellness products the WO Wild range of toys at Pawdega are non-toxic. For example, the BPA and Phthalate free WO Bone is soft and safe for your dogs to chew on. The price of the toys ranges between AED80 and AED100.