We’ve been finding all kinds of plastic-free toys for the kitties to play with, both store-bought and homemade, and have also discovered a really wonderful online small business selling natural pet supplies. So here goes…
I discovered Purrfectplay.com at the San Francisco Green Festival in November. Purrfectplay.com is owned and run by Pam Wheelock, who describes herself as having “always been outside the main stream and a *greenie* long before it was a movement.” The company makes natural fiber toys for dogs and cats, such as catnip mice and wool balls, as well as other small pet accessories. All the products are made by homeworkers in Indiana and Detroit.
As the Purrfectplay web site says:
Purrfectplay is run simply. We are dedicated to producing wonderful pet products crafted exclusively from organic, chemical free, and fair-trade materials. We are members of Co-op America and the Organic Trade Association….
We are a young company, following our hearts and joyfully engaged. That makes all the difference.
And no, I haven’t been paid to write this review. In fact, I bought a couple of catnip mice from the Purrfectplay booth as well as a couple of hemp cat collars just recently through the web site. While the collars are made from natural fibers, they do contain plastic break-away buckles, which I’ve been told is the safest kind of collar for cats to prevent choking.
On of the reasons I’m so excited about this company is because included with my package was Purrfectplay’s newsletter with an article entitled, Plastics And Your Pets, which is all about the dangers of toys made of certain types of plastics and goes into detail about what plastics are and why they are a problem. The newsletter is also posted on the company’s web site, and I’d encourage you to take a look even if you don’t have pets.
The cats have also been having fun with a few of Michael’s creations:
I was committed to finding scratching and climbing toys for the cats that were not made from synthetic (plastic) carpet. Bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable wood. Yes, this scratching post was imported from Vietnam, so there are fuel miles involved, but we found it at Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods in San Francisco and couldn’t resist bringing it home. Some things are just cute.