Where to Find Eco-Friendly Dog Products in Ireland

As a native Texan, my awareness of the Planet quickly came back into sharp focus two weeks ago as my family back home was left without power and water in the midst of unprecedented winter storms across the southern US. As a millennial, I feel like I have always been environmentally aware, choosing to buy organic when I can, trying to buy in bulk or as local as possible, always looking for “eco-friendly” stickers on the packaging.  

I wanted to do a bit of research into the eco-dog-friendly options available to our four-legged friends. Grain-free, GMO-free, sensitive skin, natural fragrances; we love looking at packaging to make sure that our pups are getting the best we can afford. The eco mindset doesn’t have to stop there though; the beds they lie in, the toys they cuddle with (or tear from seam to seam), should get a little attention too.

Fortunately, the brands have noticed the demand for more natural and sustainable products, from compostable poo bags to plastic bottles up-cycled into soft toy fillings, keep reading to check out some of the Pet Shops across Ireland which are now stocking Eco-Friendly Paws Friendly Products that can help to reduce your carbon pawprint.

Petmania 


Petmania is a 100% Irish-owned retailer with 12 store locations across Ireland as well as an extensive online shop. Each store is made up of Pet Care Advisors, who undergo continual training to ensure their knowledge of animal welfare and nutrition requirements is up-to-date. Petmania offers a wide arrange of eco-friendly products and services for both our pups and cats. 



Eco-Friendly Dog Grooming Services at Petmania

To start, as part of their grooming options, they offer a Natural Coat Care Package, which uses 100% Natural Products. One package, the Organic Bath & Styling, uses only 100% Organic treatments, and their Aromatherapy Bath & Styling uses a range of 100% natural shampoos, conditioners, and treatments which are all vegan and cruelty-free. 

Petmania began stocking IMAC and HOWND products due to several reasons. They told us that, although there was some interest in eco-friendly products, they chose to start filling their shelves with eco-friendly products to give the customer more choice and to encourage a change in shopping habits whilst providing the best for their pets. Most of their eco products are competitively priced to less sustainable options, meaning that being an eco-conscience consumer is an option for everyone. 



Eco-Friendly Dog Products at Petmania

  • Biodegradable poo bags - Petmania offers a range of biodegradable scented poo bags, with or without handles, including GOOD BOY and M-PETS.
  • Eco-Friendly Dog Beds - They offer comfortable Second Life Plastic dog beds from both IMAC and MP BERGAMO. These dog beds are made from recycled plastic and the IMAC bed can be recycled again at the end of its use. 
  • Eco-Friendly Dog Kennels - Made by both IMAC and MP BERGAMO, these comfortable eco-friendly kennels can be used both inside and outside and are made from recycled plastic. 
  • Dog Toys - They offer an array of eco-friendly dog toys by M-PETS, from natural rubber bones to plush animals made from recycled plastic bottles and jute rope.  (Jute rope is made from a natural, vegetable fiber.)
  • Eco-Friendly Food and Water Bowls - Made by HOWND, these bowls use premium recyclable polypropylene, are dishwasher safe, prevent the growth of over 99.99% of common bacteria, mold, and fungi and are guaranteed to perform for 25 years. 
  • Grooming Products -  Petmania stock a range of natural products by HOWND, from shampoo to nose, paw and sun protection balm, all of HOWND's products are cruelty-free and planet-friendly with all-natural ingredients. 

*They also offer a variety of eco-friendly cat products. 

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Dec’s Pet

 
Dec's Pet is eco-friendly through and through. Not only do they have a wide range of eco products, but their store is also crafted from second-hand and upcycled products. They have recycled shelving, pegboards, flooring, pretty much anything they could get their hands on, they reused. They even saved 3 baths from a landfill and used them as fish tanks! They also work with a local Irish company to get all biodegradable packing for their small online orders. 


One of their most popular eco-friendly acts is refilling bird food containers at a reduced cost. They encourage all of their customers buying peanuts, seeds, and food to bring back the plastic tubs and bags so that they can reuse them.



Eco-Friendly Dog Products at Dec's Pets

  • Eco-Friendly Dog Toys - They sell stuffed dog toys by ANCOL made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics.
  • Eco-Friendly Food and Water Bowls - They also sell bamboo dog bowls which will last for years in your house before naturally breaking down at the end of their use.
  • Eco-Friendly Dog Collars and leads - Dec's Pets offer ANCOL recycled collars and leads. Both are made with 100% recycled webbing made from post-consumer recycled plastics such as soda bottles. Each item saves at least 1 plastic bottle from a landfill.

You can find more on Dec's Pets recycling policy here.

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Pet Bliss


Pet-Bliss was started over 15 years ago and is now run out of their main store in Newtownmountkennedy. They also have an online shop and ship worldwide.



Eco-Friendly Dog Products at Pet-Bliss

  • Biodegradable poo bags - Pet-Bliss stocks a variety of compostable bags, including BECO which is their most popular seller.
  • Eco-Friendly Dog Beds - They offer several SCRUFFS recycled dog beds, made from a mix of Jute, Bamboo, and recycled bottles. Recycling PET plastics emit much less CO2 than producing virgin plastics and saves countless bottles from landfills. 
  • Eco-Friendly Kennels - Pet-Bliss stock recycled kennels by ROSEWOOD.
  • Dog Toys - Pet-Bliss also has a range of Dog toys made from 100% plastic waste and dog tug ropes made from recycled T-shirts.

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Mutts.ie 


A family-run Irish pet shop, Mutts.ie was created for 6 very important, 4-legged reasons. After always searching for the best dog food, treats, or supplements to keep their 6 dogs healthy and happy, they decided to open up their own shop and be able to provide their customers with high-quality and affordable options. 



Eco-Friendly Dog Products at Mutts

  • Degradable Poo Bags - These degradable, unscented poo bags come in recycled card packaging that is 100% recyclable, and are Mutts.ie most asked about eco-friendly product.
  • Food and Water Bowls - The bamboo dog bowls are sustainably made from bamboo fibers blended with rice husks and cornstarch, allowing them to last for years at home before naturally breaking down once disposed of. They also use natural food dyes to create the bright colors. 
  • Dog Collar and Leads - Mutts.ie offers a selection of Wild Piccolo and Ancol sustainable dog collars. The Wild Piccolo collars and leads are vegan (made with cork and not leather) and handmade from organic hemp and cork in Ireland. Cork is the harvested layer of bark from an oak tree, making it 100% sustainable. The Ancol collars utilize recycled materials, with each dog collar uses the equivalent of at least 1 plastic bottle.  
  • Tin Covers - These reusable tin covers will fit around a 400g can, and are made from BPA-free silicone, which is a better alternative to plastic. 

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PETSplus


PETSplus has been operating for over seven years and has two store locations in Ireland. They also have an online shop where they offer the pet products that are most in-demand from their stores. 



Eco-Friendly Dog Products at PETSplus

  • Compostable Poo bags - These plant-based poo bags by BECO are made from cornstarch and can be composted at home, or disposed of as usual. 
  • Dog Beds - PETSplus offers dog beds by ANCOL that are made with 100% recycled filling and outer materials. One bed uses the equivalent of 52 plastic bottles.
  • Dog Toys - Made by Ancol their toys are made with 100% post-consumer recycled plastics with recyclable packaging.
  • Eco-Friendly Water Bowls - They supply BECO bowls, which are made from waste plant fibres making them completely sustainable and fully biodegradable. 
  • Dog Leads and Collars - Also made by ANCOL, they are part of their “The Made From” range that utilizes recycled materials. The collars and leads are made with 100% recycled webbing and made from post-consumer recycled plastics.
  • Pet Food Scoop - Another BECO product, these scoops are made from natural bamboo and rice husk. They are strong, durable, and will last for years before breaking down.  

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PetStop Ireland


Petstop Ireland was established in 1995 and is a 100% Irish-owned chain of pet stores, stocking pet foods, pet supplies, and pet accessories. They have 8 large pet superstores located throughout Ireland, as well as an online pet store. 
 


Eco-Friendly Dog Products at Petstop Ireland

  • Degradable Poo Bags - These unscented BECO poo bags are biodegradable, even having a recycled cardboard core, and will break down once disposed of. 
  • Dog Toys - They offer a range of eco-friendly dog toys made from recycled plastic bottles by RESPLOOT and BECO. They also offer BECO rubber toys (bones and balls) which are made from BPA-free natural rubber with a vanilla scent. 
  • Dog Bowl - Made by BECO,  these bowls are made from the offcuts from chopstick productions, meaning that no extra bamboo is harvested. They will last for years and will naturally break down once disposed of. 

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Note: The following entry was added after the original article was published.

Petfix Club


Petfix Club is an Irish online subscription-based community aiming to help pet owners with everything they need so they can give their pets the best care. The team at Petfix Club specially selected the BECO range of eco-friendly products as part of a high-quality range of sustainable products for the Petfix Store.


Eco-Friendly Products available at Petfix Club 

  • Compostable Poo Bags - These BECO plant-based bags are made from cornstarch and are biodegradable. 
  • Eco-Friendly Poo Bag Dispenser - Another product by BECO, their eco-friendly poo bag dispenser is made from bamboo and rice husk, and is not only sustainable but also biodegradable!
  • Dog Beds - They have a large variety of Resploot eco-friendly dog beds available. All of the beds are made from 100% recycled PET bottles and their manufacturing produces 75% less CO2 emission than virgin polyester.
  • Eco-Friendly Water Bowls - Made from waste plant fibers, these BECO bowls are completely sustainable and fully biodegradable. 
  • Pet Food Scoop - This BECO product is made from bamboo offcuts from chopstick productions, meaning that no extra bamboo was harvested and countless single-use chopsticks were saved from landfills. They are dishwasher safe and 100% degradable once disposed of.

Petfix Club is just one click away and delivers all across Ireland. 

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Wherever you shop for your pet, be sure to ask the staff about eco-friendly products which are kinder to both the planet and your pet. If they don't stock any, start the discussion with them, let's be part of the solution.

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