Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas


The inconvenient truth is that we’re not always kind to Mother Nature. Most of us however, are doing whatever we can to reduce, reuse and recycle. In curtailing our impact on our planet, why not minimize the carbon paw print of our pets as well.


Annie’s Sweatshop ( offers sustainable and handcrafted notions that are unique and charming. Her Natty Necktie Collars are made from recycled silk neckties. Your dog will look preppie sharp, especially if he has the matching Natty Necktie Leash. And if you exchange Fluffy’s old collar or leash, you’ll get a rebate towards your new purchase.

Dogs seem to love socks, the more aromatic the better. Fulfill their sock hankerings with the Weiner Dog hand stitched from two repurposed socks. All of Annie’s products are made to order specially for your pooch, so you can be assured of a one-of-a-kind fashion accessory.

Annie’s Sweatshop
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Ever try sleeping on plastic? Doesn’t sound very comfortable but Eco Naps are made from recycled soda bottles. These earth-friendly beds fabricated by West Paw Design ( are durable and surprisingly snug. Available in sizes from XS to XL, your pet’s snooze can help divert plastics from landfills. Also made from this salvaged material, West Paw’s dog toys will make both you and your dog smile. In vibrant colors, the Frog, Salamander or Turtle will jolly up your pet’s playtime.

West Paw Design
Ph: 800-443-5567 or 406-585-0505
Email: [email protected]
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Get some green bling-bling with Recycled Diamond Plate Aluminum Pet Tags from Robbins Pet Care ( Hand-cut and custom stamped, each tag gets a personalized phrase as well as your pet’s name and number on the back. Choose from four different shapes, six different sizes and an assortment of different phrases or create a sassy saying of your own.

Robbins Pet Care
Ph: 916-342-4370
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Originally published July 2007



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