10 Ethical Gifts for Pet Lovers

When the holidays roll around, it can be tough to choose the right gift for each of the meaningful—and sometimes picky—people in our lives. Pet lovers, however, will always appreciate gifts geared toward their four-legged friends. If you are struggling to come up with ideas for these compassionate folks in your life, consider one of these eco-friendly gifts. Not only will animal lovers welcome the thought behind it, but the attention to sustainability and ethical integrity will also make them feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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1. Homemade dog treats

One crafty gift for ethically-inclined fur baby mamas and papas is homemade treats. Say goodbye to unnecessary packaging and questionable ingredients with these simple recipes.

2. Biodegradable bamboo food bowls

The Beco Bamboo Bowl is made from biodegradable ingredients, including natural bamboo resin, making it a gift the pet lover in your life will appreciate for its eco-friendly qualities. The bowls are made sustainably from beginning to end and come in a variety of sizes and colors.

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3. DIY cardboard cat house

Have extra cardboard boxes lying around? Transform them into a customized cat condo! This helpful video will show you how you can make a hideout spot for your feline friends. Instead of dropping a lot of dough on plastic constructions, making your own will be more cost effective and keep some cardboard out of our landfills. Plus, it will make some curious kitties very happy.

4. Organic cotton bed with cushion made from recycled plastic soda bottles

You can feel good about gifting this Organic Bumper Bed by West Paw, which includes a removable organic cotton cover in soft, natural shades. The fluffy inside is made from a 100 percent recycled material that comes from old plastic soda bottles. From top to bottom, this comfy bed is safe for furry friends and the environment.

5. Plant-based doggie kibble

If your pet-parent buddies are all about saving the world, they probably consider how their diet impacts the environment. If they are plant-based eaters, there’s no reason their omnivorous pups can’t be, too! Brands like v-dog are completely vegan and other popular lines of dog food carry vegetarian and vegan varieties. With these tried and tested foods, pups will get all the nutrition they need while being completely cruelty-free.

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6. Homemade, natural dog shampoo

This recipe for homemade dog shampoo will keep both dog lovers and their fur babies happy and sweet-smelling. The addition of relaxing essential oils, like lavender, makes for a more calming experience—which is especially appreciated for bath times with more anxiety-prone pups.

7. Cat litter mat made from recycled car tires

While kitties can bring so much joy into our lives, they also can bring paw-fuls of cat litter into every room of the house—which is not so joyful to clean up. The Earthy Grooves recycled rubber cat litter mat is made from car tires and guarantees a decrease in scattered litter throughout the home.

8. Biodegradable poop bags

Buying poop products for the canine companions and their owners is not very glamorous, but they are gifts that people will certainly appreciate. These waste bags will completely biodegrade in a composting environment between 40 to 90 days. They are partly made from plant material, reducing the use of industrial materials and wasted plastic.

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9. DIY catnip sock toys for kitties

Giving gifts to the pet lovers in your life doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are many DIY projects that are easy on your wallet, have a low impact on the environment, and are fun to make. Kids can easily join in this task of crafting catnip sock toys for all the kitty companions you know. You can find organically grown catnip here!

10. Donation to farm animal sanctuary

If the pet lover in your life appreciates thoughtful gestures, as opposed to physical stuff, you might consider donating to an animal sanctuary in their name. Farm Sanctuary and Woodstock Sanctuary are wonderful organizations who rehabilitate farm animals and give them a life filled with love. There are also animal-specific sanctuaries to consider as the recipient of your donation, if your friend has a soft spot for horses, birds, dolphins or other creatures. Donating will not only bring a smile to your friend’s face, but security and love to animals in need.

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220 comments

Christine J
Christine J2 years ago

Great ideas, especially the vegan dog treats. Nice to be able to treat your dog without feeling guilty about hurting another species.

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Jerome S
Jerome S2 years ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

Great list!!

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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joan silaco
joan silaco2 years ago

TYFS

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Alison A
Alison A2 years ago

Thanks for posting.

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Mary R
Mary R2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Valerie A
Valerie A2 years ago

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W. C
W. C2 years ago

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