These Eco-Friendly Dog and Cat Toys Have Social and Economic Missions

Not only are Honest Pet Product toys fun to play with, but they also help people and animals in other countries.

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When Mary Wolff’s two Yorkies, Willie and Sophie, decided that a fabric drink coaster was their new plaything, it became an idea for a sustainable business. Wolff was tired of buying expensive pet toys that were either torn to pieces immediately or ignored entirely. So she took inspiration from that well-loved coaster and launched a collection of toys made from highly durable, completely biodegradable fiber-hemp and natural wool: Honest Pet Products.

It all started with the Eco-Fetcher, a play-enticing disc for runners and chewers as little as 3 pounds and as lumbering as 120 pounds. Now, the full Honest Pet Products line includes a collection of dog toys, a shampoo, and a grooming brush, plus cat toys and grooming products ($4.99-$25.99).

Created with 100 percent natural materials, the hemp toys also are made by adults with disabilities, and the wool goods are handmade by women living in rural Mongolia and Nepal. Not only are these workers supporting their families, but they’re also protecting the region’s natural animal inhabitants through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative.

And cat-lovers will appreciate the newest kitty toy, the Eco Catty Pillar ($15.99). With colorful felted wool body parts and a jingle bell tail held together by natural hemp twine, it’s the perfect novelty to bat at and chase around the house. Cats will also love the natural lanolin aroma that comes with playing, and pet parents should know that $1.50 from every Eco Catty Pillar purchase goes to Nepal families in need.

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Whitney C. Harris

Whitney is a New York-based writer for websites including Dogster, StrollerTrafficBrides.com, and WhattoExpect.com. A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with her dog, Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by). She and her husband (and Finley, too) welcomed a baby girl named Rowan in August.

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