Pampered pets and their owners going green

Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:06pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Whether it is organic coconut chip treats, eco-friendly rope toys, hemp and bamboo collars or beds made from recycled material, pampered pets and their owners are going green.

There are still $3,000 snake-skin and diamond collars, fitness trainers for pudgier pooches and pet hotel suites but more animal lovers are eschewing luxury for green gear.

"In the last year and a half we have seen more eco-friendly products than ever before," Charlotte Reed, a New York-based pet products expert, said in an interview. "More people are leaning in that direction."

And they are realizing that their dog, or cat, can help reduce their carbon footprint.

"We see more products that will make your dog fit and healthy, products that will be natural and good for his/her hair and well being," Reed said.

Stephanie Volo, of Maine-based Planet Dog, has been providing recyclable toys and pet products from sustainable materials for more than a decade. She is convinced that pet owners are more concerned now about the environment and showing it with the types of products they buy.

"We are seeing a growing demand for products that are good for you, good for your dog and good for the earth," she explained. "It is definitely a trend."

But pets need not sacrifice style to go green. Along with grooming products bearing organic labels, doggy water ramps for getting Fido back on the dock and portable potties for traveling canines that were on display at a New York pet product show, there was plenty of bling and stylish outfits for discerning owners and their pets.   Continued...