Don’t call me petty, but I’m going to suggest greening your dog collar. “Must we green everything? What’s the big deal with a dog collar?” you may ask. To which I reply: 44.8 million American households have dogs, according to the 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
Many of those households have many dogs, and the estimated number of dogs as pets hovers somewhere around 71 million. Which translates into 71 million nylon or leather dog collars, at any given time. Leather has it’s own set of problems, but it’s the nylon (the more predominate material used) that has me saying, “green that collar!”
Nylon fiber is a synthetic polymer (plastic)–a petroleum product. I, personally, try to avoid supporting petroleum when and where I can. And while nylon’s strength may have been important for World War II paratroopers and swell for ladies in the 1940s accustomed to fragile silk hosiery, that same strength spells misery for our landfills. And with all of those nylon dog collars, well it just seems a not so petty pet issue to me.
So here’s some alternatives I’ve found:
Really cute Decorative Hemp Collars from my favorite eco-dog Web site, Earthdog.com.
Not just for floors anymore: Cork and Bamboo Adjustable Dog Collar.
By Melissa Breyer, Care2 Healthy and Green Living