These sustainable gifts ideas are perfect for the eco-conscious dog owner on your holiday list.
Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be tough, and as we all know, many gifts can go unused or end up in the trash. As dog owners, caring for our pups comes with unique environmental concerns, but not contributing to all the unnecessary waste that occurs during the holiday season and choosing sustainable gifts for the dog owners in your life can go some way to helping make a difference. We’ve partnered with some of our favourite eco-friendly pet brands to share some great gift ideas that are guaranteed to please any eco-conscious dog owner on your holiday gift list - and don't forget to use the exclusive discounts for OMD! readers.
1. Customizable Dog Shampoo - Laslo & Saxon
If you're looking for a unique gift for an eco-conscious dog lover in your life, a gift card to try the world's first customizable dog shampoo by Laslo & Saxon is sure to go down a treat - especially as they can order the limited edition Holiday blend with it! All their packaging is 100% recyclable 'for the love of our future dogs', as printed on the box, and their shampoo is vegan, cruelty free, sustainably produced, and ethically sourced. Shop now Launched last year by partners Tina Saxton and Robert Belcham, Vancouver-based Laslo & Saxon lets dog owners fill out a fun online questionnaire about their pup, and ships a personalized bottle of dog shampoo made specifically for them directly to their door - and the gift card option for Canada and U.S. makes holiday gifting easy! Inspired by the pair’s beloved rescue pup Dexter, Laslo & Saxon was created to provide an elevated experience for both dogs and their humans without any artificial ingredients or harsh chemicals.
All scents - including the limited-edition Northern Lights holiday blend of Fir, Bergamot and Frankincense - come from Mother Earth, and the main soap ingredient is a coconut based cleanser. So, as well as being great for your pup's skin and coat, it's also good for the environment! It also has the OMD! team's seal of approval - read what our team thought of Laslo & Saxon dog shampoo when we tested it earlier this year!
2. Handsfree Leash Adapter - Strange Tails
Strange Tails - a new family-run pet company based in Vancouver - puts sustainability at the forefront of their small business, handcrafting high quality dog accessories built to last, and this unique handcrafted BioThane Handsfree Leash Adaptor is perfect for eco-friendly dog parents who like versatility. Price: $45.00
Note: Leashes are sold separately.
This stylish dog accessory easily converts your regular Strange Tails leash into hands free mode and back, and can be worn both across the body and around the hips. You can pick up a locally-made leash from their collection separately, however any leash with two attachment mechanisms (one at each end of the leash) will be compatible with the adapter.
At Strange Tails, sustainability and durability are viewed as two sides of the same coin which is why all of their products are backed by a lifetime warranty and, in an effort to minimize their environmental impact, all orders are shipped with recyclable and plastic-free materials.
The Strange Tails team is made up of Savannah, Jake and their adorable Australian Shepherd Finley. Based out of their Vancouver studio, Jake utilizes his 10 years of leather working experience to handcraft each and every collar, leash and adapter.
If you’re based in the Lower Mainland, you can still get a handsfree adapter of your own in time for winter walks over the holidays, as online orders can be picked up from their South Vancouver studio. The team recommends ordering by December 17th for local pickup between December 21st - 23rd.
Strange Tails is offering an exclusive 10% off orders for OMD! readers. Simply use promo code OMD10 at checkout before December 31st to get yours.
3. Song of the Month Subscription - Pet Acoustics
An easy, unique and truly useful gift for any dog owner in your life, this song of the month subscription is as eco-friendly as they come! A winner in the Treehugger Best of Green Awards 2021, Pet Acoustics is #1 in clinically proven canine calming music to ensure behavioral calm for separation anxiety, noise stress, crate training, veterinary visits, travel and more. Every month, you’ll receive a download link for a new Pet Acoustics song, tuned for the sensitive hearing of dogs, cats, horses and small animals. With rave reviews from pet owners and veterinarians, this is a gift that is sure to please your dog-owning loved one, and get their pup's tail wagging. Price: $4.99/month Shop Now Pet Acoustics is offering OMD! readers 15% off any order over $60. Simply visit www.petacoustics.com and enter discount code PAWSWAP to get your discount.
4. Natural Pet Bed - NaturoPet
Also a winner of a Treehugger Best of Green Award 2021, the NaturoPet Natural Pet Bed is an amazing gift for any pet owner on your holiday list to receive - and their pup will be extrememly grateful too. Made from American-raised wool and organic cotton, this super comfortable sleeping spot for dogs of all sizes, ages, and abilities is made with natural materials that are breathable and water-repellent. The sustainable inner and outer organic cotton covers are incredibly soft and soothing for your pet’s skin and according to it's website, this bed is virtually indestructible! The team at NaturoPet is determined to make a positive impact in the pet community by providing top-quality pet products that are made in North America with natural, sustainable, and chemical-free materials.
Price: $149 Shop Now
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5. Neo Collar - Max & Neo
When gifting a dog owner with a collar (or getting one for your own pup), you want to make sure it's high quality and going to last, and with the heavy duty NEO Collar from Max & Neo - another winner in the Best of Green Awareds 2021 - you can rest assured it's going to go the distance. Not only is it a sustainable option, but what makes Max & Neo stand out is how dedicated they are to giving back. For every item purchased, the company donates a piece of gear to dog rescue groups across the U.S - so you'll also be helping a dog in need with this gift.
The strong NEO Dog Collar is 2mm thick and comes in 7 colours and 4 sizes, suitable for even the largest of dogs. Its quality nylon webbing contains reflective stitching which makes it a great choice for improved night time visibility. Price: $10.99 USD Shop now Max & Neo is offering 35% NEO collars for the first 50 OMD! readers to use promo code OMD35 at checkout.
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