Staying in step with the eco-trend has a lot of dogs wearing recycle symbol shirts and eating from responsibly harvested wooden bowls – but while these are steps in the right direction they do not actually have an impact on the environment. Enter Shannon Ritscher, a graphic designer/stay at home mom who wanted to teach her children about recycling by re-using household materials and donated belts to create beautiful dogs collars. The lesson was learned and since then has turned into a custom recycled collar empire! Greenbelts has been on the handmade super-store Etsy for a little bit less than a year and already has a huge fan base. The collars and cuff sets that Shannon creates eschew the typical nutty-crunchy organic style exhibited by most recycled garb and relies heavily on her graphic design background. Using various old belts donated by her Seattle neighbors – Ms. Ritscher embellishes the collars with doorbells, washers, old buttons, military badges and anything else that is thrown away. And since the decorative touches are all based on whatever materials are at hand each collar is totally unique. The collars available from Greenbelts Etsy page online – range in size from XS – L with prices ranging from $20 – $45.
Help your Chihuahua channel his inner bad-ass, by decking him out in a reversible jacket from Chi Wow Wow. Your little nipper will rule the dog run in one of these socially conscious jackets made entirely from reclaimed vintage fabrics and recycled denim. Each piece is totally unique so there’s no chance your Chi will end up looking like Tinkerbell. Velcro closures and machine washable fabrics makes keeping it clean a breeze. Packed with this much Style and Moxie the Chi Wow Wow Vintage Jacket is a great deal at $68. Check out ChiWowWow.com for retailer links.