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The Coolest Pet Gear Made From Recycled Materials

7 brands transforming ocean-bound water bottles into well-designed dog accessories.

by Rachel Davies
March 23, 2022
A man carrying a dog in a purple dog carrier tote.
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Just as in our lives, there’s a considerable amount of unavoidable waste in the lives of our pets. Food packaging and poop bags (not even the compostable ones are totally safe) are among the more necessary avenues of waste creation in the pet-o-sphere, along with the more optional arenas of doggie clothing collecting and toy destroying. There are myriad ways in which brands can approach sustainability and, thankfully, plenty of them have action plans — from producing locally to sourcing upcycled materials to create a range of new pet essentials and accessories. We rounded up seven products in the latter camp — jackets, beds, toys, and more all repurposed and reimagined from recycled water bottles. Go forth and help Rover sleep with a clean conscience — on an eco-filled bed, naturally.

eco packable jacket by maxbone

Perfect for the pet who makes sure to purchase carbon offsets anytime they fly, this super light packable jacket from Maxbone is made with water bottles and recycled nylon. The blush color is a perfect fit for an early spring ski trip, and the small pouch it folds into ensures that there’ll be plenty of room to spare in the carry on baggage for that flight to Colorado. Plus, its quilted design is sure to fit in with the attire of just about every other ski bunny. 

$55 at maxbone
Navy Blue Gingham Check Dog Bed from the Foggy Dog

Should you want something a tad more stylish for your pup to rest on, the Foggy Dog has you covered. Their beds are available in tons of cute prints — including this gingham check which’ll no doubt induce dreams about bucolic walks on wide open farms — with or without inserts. Foggy Dog cleverly recommends skipping the insert entirely, instead employing old linens or clothing that’ll comfort dogs with their familiar scents.  

$45 at The Foggy Dog
Eton Dog Collar from Harry Barker

It takes 10 recycled bottles to make one of Harry Barker’s Eton dog collars and they’re worth every last Evian! Though there are five different colors available, each of ‘em screams preppy chic thanks to those bold horizontal lines. Even if those bottles were made to be destroyed, their end product is quite the opposite: the Eton collar “can withstand 600 pounds of pressure,” according to the Harry Barker website. 

$24 at Harry Barker
International Food Dog Toys: Taco and Sushi Plush Dog Toys from PLAY

Okay, okay, we know — for plenty of dogs, the most waste-creating part of life is the penchant for toy destroying. To a certain degree, if you’re liable to let your dog have their fun, there’s only so much you can do to curb the wastefulness of a toy destroying habit. To minimize the damage, buy toys with a smaller imprint, like this international food toy set that’s made with PlanetFill® filler from 100% post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles. 

$34 at P.L.A.Y.

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Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a writer who has written for numerous publications including VoxWall Street Journal, and Architectural Digest and the parent of a beautiful Cocker Spaniel mix named Thea.