Purr & Simple Biodegradable Cat Litter
($14.88 for a 20-lb. bag, amazon.com)
You and your pet can both breathe easy with this eco-friendly kitty litter. Made with nutshell byproducts, this low-dust and silica-free litter is biodegradable and can go straight into your compost bin. "Dust-free litter is especially important for respiratory health," Carlson says.
Harry Barker Bamboo Dog Bowl
($10 to $14, harrybarker.com)
Here’s some doggy food for thought: The Harry Barker Bamboo Dog Bowl is not only made from sustainable substances like bamboo fiber and rice husks, it’s lead and cadmium free, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into your canine’s food and water.
BioBag USA 100% Compostable Dog Waste Bags
($11.99 for a pack of 50, petco.com)
A reliable doggy bag is every owner’s best friend—unless it’s plastic. Keep it clean and earth friendly on your next walk around the block with these dog waste bags. They’re 100% compostable and biodegradable, so they won’t linger in a landfill for eternity after you toss them.
Pet Dreams Plush Eco-Friendly Bumper Dog Bed
($49.99 to $99.99, petsmart.com)
Your pooch will sleep soundly on this planet-conscious dog bed. The plush platform from Pet Dreams is stuffed with material made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles. Choosing an eco-friendly bed isn’t just good for the environment, but also for your dog’s health. Some conventional beds, like those with strong cedar scents, can irritate your pet’s skin and lungs, Cruz says.
West Paw Design “Hurley” Dog Toy
($8.80 to $14.96, westpawdesign.com)
No matter if your pup’s a Pomeranian or a Doberman pinscher, this 100% recyclable chew toy is sure to withstand Fido’s chompers. We not only love the Hurley for its guaranteed durability and unique shape, it’s also free of harmful chemicals like BPA, PVC, and phthalates. You can choose among three sizes and bright colors to fit your pet’s size and personality.
Eco-Pup Dog Clothing
(starts at $17, ecopupdogclothing.com)
You don’t have to sacrifice style to go green. Eco-friendly clothing retailers are popping up all over the place—for pets as well as their owners. From rocker hoodies to frilly dresses, Eco-Pup has all the latest sustainable styles. Each absolutely adorable outfit is made with certified organic and recycled materials. (Now that’s what we call fashion forward.)
Originally published in Prevention Magazine, November 2011