7 Sustainable Bedding Choices for Small Pets

According to Pet Age magazine a growing number of families share their lives with small pets. Among the most popular are guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, rats and mice. Along with this growth is an increased demand for safe and environmentally-friendly bedding for these little critters.

Luckily more and more pet product manufacturers are stepping up to the plate to design†bedding for small pets that are both healthy for pets and more sustainable than conventional options.

Sustainable†Bedding Options for Small Pets

1. Carefresh Complete

Manufactured by the Healthy Pet company, this bedding is made from 100% sustainable and renewable paper fibers and is 100 percent biodegradable and compostable.

Carefresh Complete is the top-selling small animal bedding on Amazon.com. Itís hailed as being highly absorbent, almost 99 percent dust free with long-lasting odor control.

2. Eco-Straw from Oxbow

Oxbow is a family-owned and operated company that focuses on products for smaller pets. The companyís eco-straw is all-natural dust-free bedding made from 100% wheat straw.

According to the manufacturer, this bedding is twice as absorbent as newspaper and will last longer than traditional wood shavings, meaning less waste.

3. Vitakraft Fresh World Ultra Strength Small Animal Bedding

This bedding is made from 100 percent recycled paper and is non-toxic and unbleached. The bedding is promoted as being 99.9 percent dust-free with odor control that lasts for up to 14 days.

4. EasyClean-Recycled Paper Small Animal Bedding

The Pestell Pet Products company has been in business for more than 45 years and is a leader in the industry when it comes to producing eco-friendly bedding for small animals.

EasyClean-Recycled Paper Small Animal Bedding is made from 100 percent recycled paper and is biodegradable helping reduce landfill and save trees from being harvested. This bedding can be composted and used as a soil amendment or mulch.

Itís also promoted as being 99 percent dust free and 100 percent non-allergenic.

5. Fresh News Small Animal Bedding

This bedding is produced by BPV Environmental. It is made from 100 percent recycled paper. This helps the environment because according to BPV Environmental an estimated more than 40 percent of landfill space is paper products. In addition, one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees from being harvested.

Fresh News Small Animal Bedding is promoted as being non-allergenic, dust free and biodegradable when composted.

6. Eco-bed/nest by FiberCore

This bedding is made from 100 percent recycled paper and is biodegradable. Itís promoted as being highly absorbent, easily compostable and dust free.

7. Kaytee Clean & Cozy Natural Small Pet Bedding

This paper-based bedding is made from all-natural recyclable material and contains no artificial colors or additives. A great choice for burrowing or nesting pets.

Kaytee Clean & Cozy Small Pet Bedding is hailed as being 99 percent dust free and is guaranteed to control odor.

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joan s8 months ago


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Elisabeth H8 months ago


Sheila Miller
Sheila Miller8 months ago

Thank you for the list of sustainable bedding for small animals. My children have had small pets for years. We use a variety of bedding products. Thank You!

Barb S
Barb Stuckel8 months ago

I support sustainable choices. Thank you!

Barbara I
Barbara Idso8 months ago

Humans need to quit creating so much waste. Waste doesn't magically disappear unless we deliberately change it. Please help be part of the solution. Don't use plastic straws, minimize the use of disposable anything....

Marge F
Marge F8 months ago

Thank you for posting this informative article.

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Renata B
Renata B8 months ago

The little mouse in the title photo is so, so sweet!!!!!

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