OPEN for Eco-Business

By Tails Staff

Pet-oriented retailers and manufacturers everywhere are taking the green path to a better environment for both people and pets—here are just a few.

“We switched to aromatherapy candles made from soy wax instead of those made from paraffin wax to help relax the dogs while they are being groomed. The soy wax is nontoxic to the dogs, burns [more slowly], and smells great!”
Marie Mascari, A TLC Pet Spa, Indianapolis, IN

“We’ve been open since late 2004, and have always tried to mix pet healthcare with planet healthcare. We use energy-efficient light bulbs and power strips, environmentally friendly cleaning products, eco-friendly shampoos in our grooming and self-wash areas, and apply energy-saving film to windows. Our shopping bags are made of recycled products and are recyclable themselves. We also check into the companies we get products from to make sure they have fair-trade practices.”
Amy L. Pizano, Pets in the City, St. Louis, MO

“We use recycled stuffing made from plastic bottles for our designer beds. It is very soft and comfortable. Initially, when the company started, we were using recycled fleece cuttings, but found they were lumpy, so we searched for a greener alternative and came up with the plastic bottle solution.”
Deb Gill, Pooch Snoozers Designer Beds, Denver, CO

“We’re the first ‘green’ pet shop in town. Our 1,000-square-foot shop is constructed from urea formaldehyde-free plywood with bamboo flooring, environmentally correct shelving, hand-waxed cabinets, and low energy-consumption lighting. Our business cards and shopping bags are made from recycled paper. The shop features a full line of holistic food, treats, and spa products for every pet need.”
Joan Stack and Patty O’Connor, Crazy for Animals, Glendale, NY

“Lil’ Pals Pet Photography practices environmentalism by being a home-based business. We continue to be green by coordinating with the pet-service industry and having our studio available to clients at their location. This allows multiple photo sessions in a day as opposed to driving to multiple locations each day.”
Julie Wiggins, Lil’ Pals Pet Photography, Hillsboro, MO

“We use absolutely no fillers in our products. This means that the fillers are never produced for us, thus saving energy. But the biggest benefits are that the product has less volume, and therefore less plastic packaging is produced, and it weighs less, thereby saving on fuel used for shipping.”
Andrew Lofts, Vetraceuticals, Three Rivers, CA

“Petmate is committed to using at least 25-percent recycled materials in the manufacturing of its pet products. The pledge is significant because [we are] the largest manufacturer of plastic pet shelters and plastic portable kennels and carriers in the world.”
Bob Hill, Petmate, Arlington, TX

“We switched to energy-saving light bulbs, started using all-natural cleaning products, and encourage customers to use our reusable tote. This helps [them] avoid using a new paper bag every time they shop.”
Stacy Petcu, Three Dog Bakery, Indianapolis, IN

“For our pet photography shoots, we use natural light only rather than big studio lights that use a ton of electricity. This is better for the environment, and we achieve more realistic photographs that our clients enjoy very much! Everybody wins!”
Seth Casteel, Little Friends Fine Art Pet Photography, Los Angeles, CA

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