Recycling Household Items for Pets reported that owning a dog can have a greater impact on our environment than owning an SUV. And I own two dogs. Yikes!!! As much as I care about the earth, I will always have dogs. However, like most Care2 readers, I do what I can to help care for our planet, not abuse it. Finding recycled products that I can use with my dogs is my responsibility.

I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning and did a big clothes purge. I donated some of the clothing to our local thrift store that benefits seniors, and the rest ended up in Gina‘s dog bed. (She’s my Black Lab enjoying her new bed stuffed with my clothes in the picture above.) That’s right, molly mutt beds are designed to keep old blankets, pillows, and clothing out of landfills. You can even fill them with retired dog beds. I wish molly mutt beds was around when Sanchez was younger and was known to destroy his dog beds to shreds.

Are you a road or mountain biker conscious of the environment? If so, how would you like your dogs to benefit from your worn out rubber tires? CycleDog was created by a biker who always loved making new things out of old stuff. Also a dog lover, she now sells collars, leads, toys, bowls, and belts made from recycled bicycle tires. And if you get thirsty during your ride, you can even use the pup top bottle opener on the dog collars. Their website states: “Our goal at Cycle Dog is to create the world’s best dog products with a focus on the environment and to raise awareness of the millions of bike tubes thrown into landfills every year.” Ride on!

You only need two items to create my dog’s favorite toy of all time. A sock and a plastic water bottle. While I’ve spent mega dollars on dog toys, Sanchez and Gina go absolutely crazy over chasing a water bottle, but the plastic isn’t good for them. So, when I was cleaning out my closet, I kept all of my worn out socks and filled them with used plastic water bottles. Voila! I now have fabulous free tug toys.

What household products do you use that have turned into toys and other useful items for your pets? While my own personal experience is with dogs, as always, I’m interested in hearing from people with cats and other pets as well. Thanks for sharing your ideas in a comment.

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Raymen D.
Past Member 3 years ago

This is really quite informative blog such qualitative info I have never seen anywhere. Small dog beds for beagles

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma4 years ago

thanks for the great ideas :D

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 4 years ago


Debbi Ryan
Deb Ryan4 years ago


Dale Overall

Delightful ideas, did similar things with my dogs when they were on the farm back in the 1990s and also in the earlier part of the 2000s. Now that I am owned by a cat one can also recycle things for toys - many enjoy a crumpled up ball of paper from junk mail and spend hours of time chasing it on the floor or retrieving it - yes some felines love to retrieve... when tossing it across the room. Recycling always helps!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago


Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

Thanks for the article. Very interesting.

Carrie Anne Brown

interesting article, thanks for sharing

B J.
BJ J5 years ago

Old towels, throw rugs & pillows can be used for pet beds & crates. Cut long sleeves from sweaters & shirts for dog "coats".

Regina P.
Regina P5 years ago

Great ideas.