Pet Fashion Week may be a bit of a misnomer for the two-day pet-lifestyle trade show that took place in New York City over the weekend, but don't tell that to the dogs who roamed the floors of the sprawling exhibition space dressed to maim, if not to kill, in rock 'n roll-themed hoodies, blinged-out collars, and hand-crocheted "pupooses."
And if cat lovers felt marginalized, well, who could blame 'em? The event, now into its third year, was all about man's best friend. Click below the fold for some of Pet Fashion Week 2008's eco-friendly highlights.
Planet-loving pooches will do back flips over SimplyFido's pet toys, which are made from unbleached and untreated organic cotton and hemp, then dyed with natural plant and mineral extracts such as gardenia seeds, cloves, and chestnut burs.
Made in Vermont, Wagatha's gourmet dog biscuits comprise 100 percent certified-organic, human-grade ingredients and are certified-kosher, to boot. Flavors include Tuscan Tomato, Cranberry Cheese, and Toasted Whole Wheat and Honey. You can also get lactose- and wheat-free varieties for sensitive tummies.
U Lucky Dog's jerky treats are made from 100 percent organic, free-range beef and nothing else, which means no preservatives, additives, by-products, or flavoring. They're perfect for cats, too. In fact, when I fed some to my own fickle felines, they practically ripped the whole bag out of my hands.
Lani digs your dog. The instructions for using its 100 percent natural, mostly organic, and dye- and sulfate-free bath products are simple: Just add water, dog, and stir. Plus, a portion of the company's net proceeds goes to humane organizations throughout the United States. Lani's three collections are named after your mutt's favorite places—the beach, park, and woods.
Freshly baked and suitable for human consumption ("Don't let your dogs see you eating them," warns owner Mary Kay Malcolm), Pawsitively Yummy's homemade organic dog biscuits contain no artificial preservatives nor any added sugar or salt. Choose from three different flavors: Peanut Mutter Love, Cheesey Love, and Trail Bar Love.
Not into puppy tutus? RocknRollK9's 100 percent organic-cotton dog tees are meant to inspire your canine's inner rock star. Just one downside: The shirts use conventional petroleum-based inks, which commonly include particles of noxious PVC.
So new they're not available on the company's Web site yet, Style Hounds Handknit's Green Hounds KnitKits will have eco-conscious knitters drooling. Each kit contains two skeins of 100 percent certified-organic merino wool (O-Wool, if you want to get specific), knitting instructions for sizes XS to L, vintage buttons for flair, and a pair of bamboo needles.
From Scratch's 100 percent recycled-cotton dog tees are made from 65 percent reclaimed cotton waste and 35 percent used plastic bottles. The 10 styles include planet-loving tag lines such as "TreeHugger" (our personal fave, natch), "Be Kind to Mother Earth," "I'm All Natural," and "Pees on Earth."
Finally, something for kitty: Robbie Dawg recently expanded its doggie-treat line to include Little LuLu's Fish & Chips Organic Cat Treats, made with yellowtail tuna, wild salmon, and topped off with organic catnip. Wheat-, corn-, and soy-free, these snackables contain no added salt, sugar, or preservatives.
More eco-friendly pet products
Olive Dog Spa Products
: Big Shrimpy's Whisker-Wide Recycled Cat Dishes
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Scratchable Wall Art for Kitty
O.R.E. Originals: Recycled Rubber Pet Mats
Greenbelts' Recycled Leather Cuffs, Collars
Everyday Studio Cat Tree