The organic revaluation has left retailers in a complete fury trying to switch their thinking. One of the many new green products which is in high demand is organic pet bedding. Depending on what type of animal you have your options may be limited. You may be stuck with an all natural pet bedding over a true organic pet bedding product.
In order for a company to be able to use the label “organic” they need to meet certain agricultural standards. These standards are becoming increasingly hard to meet. Many bed companies don’t actually grow or manufacture their own natural fibers or materials for their beds. They simply buy raw material in bulk to make the beds. This is why it is so hard to find organic pet products.
Consider the make up of the bedding you are looking at before buying. When trying to stick to an all natural product try and find products made from fibers such as cotton, hemp, or cedar. Avoid nylon and polyester, these are basically plastics.
If you are still unable to find bedding labeled organic you might want to consider recycled pet bedding. Depending on what type of animal you have there is a number of options available. Most recycled pet bedding is made from recycled newspaper and has be washed thoroughly to rinse out any harmful chemicals the fibers may have come in contact with during the paper making process.
When buying wood shavings for your smaller animals you may want to consider where the trees are being cut from. This could help you prevent a lot of deforestation and other harmful effects on the land from the lumber companies. While cedar shavings are completely biodegradable and have a natural scent control you may consider doing a bit of research before you buy.
Cotton products should also be handled carefully. Most cotton products are not organic. More pesticides are sprayed on cotton plants in the US than any other crop. This means that organic cotton products can be a bit costly and hard to come by. The best alternative for a cotton dog or cat bed is to try and find a hemp bed. Hemp is stronger and softer than cotton and is much safer to grow.
There is really a lack of products on the market these days for organic pet bedding. People need to start calling that customer/comment number on their current pet bed products and let companies know what they want!