Let’s be honest, sometimes our pets are the object of our envy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a tail-wagger: go on daily walks beneath the trees, eat a specially designed diet, and catch a nap whenever you please? Sounds the dream. And that’s without mentioning any smushes with your favourite human.
The thing is, there’s just no time for such a relaxing lifestyle when you’re a bipedal earth-dwelling humanoid. Life doesn’t afford us such luxuries. We’re too bothered with busying about, meeting demanding deadlines, consuming ourselves with the non-stop news. When we do sit down to eat tea and hit the sack, it is often a relief, not a way of life.
You see, our beloved furry friends have no awareness of environmental policies or politics. They’re not concerned with how and where their tug toy is manufactured or what materials their favourite cushty cushion is made from. How these things impact society, wellbeing, the environment, well, dogs just aren’t in the know.
But we are.
You’re here browsing Fido’s Nest because you’re an animal lover.
Perhaps, specifically, you’re a fan of the canine kind. When we adopt our lovely mutts, we take on a role of responsibility; we give them love, care, we want to ensure we give them the best we can get.
For many pet owners, this often means falling into the trap of buying well-known, sometimes designer, pet beds. But in doing so, owners are signing up to harming the environment and other cutesy creatures and animals in the process. Often unknowingly, of course.
A dog bed is nothing short of an essential purchase.
But did you know that many prestige brands do more harm than good? As well as providing a comfy area for your pooch to get some shut-eye, many dog beds are made almost entirely from materials such as polyester, latex, memory foam, and recycled plastics.
The problem – and there is one, with a great big P – all of these are products of the petrochemical industry. And while the name may have ‘pet’ in it, it’s definitely not cute, nor is it something you’d want in your home.
The petrochemical industry has a whopper of an impact on the environment. Many of the industry's products, including the materials listed above, are made from crude oils and contain serial baddies, known as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
And POPs are a big deal.
Almost every country in the world - all but two, in fact - agree that POPs are of worldwide concern, so much so that they are listed on the Stockholm Convention.
When we use such materials, when we produce them, wash them, discard of them, there is potential for POPs to be released into the environment. Out of sight, out of mind, you'd think, right? Well, not quite. Researchers have, quite astoundingly, found POPs present in fish of the Mariana Trench. The Mariana Trench being the deepest part of the world's oceans. And how do the pollutants get there? Recent research by Imogen E Napper and Prof Richard C Thompson at the School of Biology and Marine Science, Plymouth University, UK found that for every 6 kg load of washing, over 700,000 fibres are released in to the water. While the natural fibres will bio-degrade, the synthetic fibres are here forever.
This is serious stuff.
So how can we do our little bit to make this better? Because, let’s face it, our dogs aren’t aware of environmental impacts, POPs, or the petrochemical industry. It’s down to us to step up.
At Fido’s Nest, we’re pretty concerned about this.
And we think you should be, too. But we know that owning a pet should be a joy not a struggle, so we’ve made going organic and natural easier than ever.
It’s OK, thank us later.
Our pet beds are made from cotton and silk and are entirely free of man-made fibres such as polyester, that can contain chemicals including formaldehyde. They are eco-friendly, hypoallergenic and entirely foam-free.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it’s not. This is a real thing. Find out more here www.fidosnest.com and browse our range of ethical, environmentally friendly durable pet beds here
Want to know more about Imogen Napper's valuable work? Here's some recent BBC News coverage of her research.
Want to do more? Visit Friend's of the Earth and sign their petition telling retailers to stop plastic pollution.