that's good for our dogs be good for
our planet too?
They should. But sadly, many products commonly sold in supermarkets, discount shops and pet stores aren't.
The good news is, there are companies out there that do care. But they're not always easy to spot in the crowd.
That's why I created The Dog Shoppe (we used to be called The Puppy Playground).
Here you'll find all things you love to give your dogs, but with one important difference: it's all good for the health and development of dogs - and better for the environment too.
I'm a dog parent and student of canine psychology & behaviour. So I know making good choices for our dogs makes a world of difference.
But it doesn't take much to know making good choices for the environment makes a difference to our world.
I've searched high and low to source quality toys, enrichment games, food bowls and other accessories that are non-toxic and made from recycled or sustainable materials like bamboo, hemp and natural rubber.
Plus, all the toys, treats, grooming and spa products here are vegan and cruelty-free. Which means they don't contain animal-derived ingredients and haven’t been tested on lab animals, including dogs.
The dog toy industry is unregulated in many countries including the UK, making ethical choices more important than ever.
Beagles are the most frequently used dogs for animal testing because they're so trusting of people.
I'm also on a mission to source the most eco-friendly dog toys on the market. With the majority of mainstream dog brands having no eco-credentials at all, this is no easy feat.
But we're determined to find and sell products that are 100% natural, recyclable, compostable or naturally biodegradable - along with their packaging.
All the brands you'll find here are already making a difference or making a start. For some, it means their products and packaging are (or will soon be) made from recyclable plastic or plant-based alternatives, such as sugar, potato or cornstarch, which is fully biodegradable without leaving any toxic residue or harmful micro-plastics behind.
All the packaging, tape, postage, stamps, inks, labels and adhesives we use are vegan, 100% recyclable, biodegradable and/or compostable.
I also only choose things I'd happily give my own two dogs.
Rest assured, every treat has been tried and tasted by my own two doggies, Indy & Mav. And most toys have been tried out for fun, cuddles and toughness.
I'm always looking to work with brands that share our thinking. So if you know one - or are one - I'd love to hear from you.
There's always room for more great things at The Dog Shoppe.
Dog mum | Vegan | Ethical Earthling
Founder of The Dog Shoppe