Would you put something with harmful chemicals in your mouth and start chewing, licking and biting it? Would you let your children? No, we didn't think so. Unfortunately, many of the common cheap, vinyl, plastic, synthetic plush and rubber dog toys on the market are exactly that. But in their quest to find toys that stand up to a dog's heavy chewing, dog owners often overlook this danger. Yes, some may last for ages, but have you thought about what goes into them to make them so darn tough? Lots of chemical processes - some that are even carcinogenic. It's just not natural.
There are extremely strict regulations governing toys for babies and children. But none for pets. Now we're not saying to treat your dog like a human child (because that would cause some serious behavioral problems)...but you should give your dog safe toys to play with. Especially since dogs spend a lot of time using their mouths. The toys here are made from natural materials, and therefore 100% biodegradable, and the plastic ones are BPA and phthalates free, non-toxic, FDA compliant and recyclable.
Hemp is a plant which produces the strongest of all plant fibers. It naturally repels weeds, requiring no irrigation, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, which helps reduce water pollution and soil contamination. Hemp fabrics are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, mildew-free and rot-free.
Also known as burlap or hessian, it is a plant and a rain-fed crop which does not require pesticides or fertilizers to grow. Its fibers can be spun into strong, coarse threads. Jute fabrics are tough and are used a lot in gear for protection dog training for law enforcement and military agencies.
Needing no introduction, cotton is the most widely used natural plant fiber used in clothing today. Cotton fabrics are soft and chewy, which makes it a treat for dogs to get their teeth into, and being natural means free of harmful substances. Organically grown cotton has the added benefit of being pesticide free.
Most people know wool is a textile fiber from sheep and other animals that keeps you warm. But wool fibers can also be used to make felt balls, making them a safe alternative to pet tennis balls. The Ecology Center based in the U.S. found that half of the pet tennis balls they tested contained lead. Dogs will appreciate the fresh animal quality of wool.
BPA and Phthalates
BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalates are industrial chemicals commonly used to make certain plastics and resins. Exposure to them can impact the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. Studies have shown that phthalates can cause kidney and liver cancer in animals. Release of these chemicals is accelerated through mechanical pressure, heat and saliva - exactly what happens when your dog chews or licks.
Everyone knows what wood is, so instead of explaining, here's a pretty image of a tree trunk! The wood toys we have are certified to be free of harmful substances and the raw wood material is certified sourced from sustainably managed forests.