Hemp is a durable, eco-friendly fiber that has woven its way into a range of natural and sustainable products for dogs.
One of the most versatile materials on the planet, hemp is valued for its hypoallergenic and earth-friendly qualities. Hemp is made from the fibers of the cannabis sativa plant. It’s used to make everything from paper to building materials – and more recently, natural pet products. In fact, hemp is finding its way into a variety of items for dogs, including collars, leashes, toys, apparel, bedding and more.
Collars, harnesses and leashes
Dog accessories such as collars and leashes need to be durable and made from good quality materials. You want something that will keep your dog secure, and that will stand up to the elements and to the test of time. Studies have shown that under normal conditions, hemp outlasts materials such as cotton, denim or polyester by many years.
Earthdog is one company that offers a line of collars, leashes and harnesses, as well as other products such as beds and toys, all made from hemp canvas, webbing and rope. Aside from being one of the strongest fibers on the planet, hemp is also comfortable for the dog.
“Hemp feels great against the skin and won’t irritate the way many synthetic materials can,” says Dave Colella, co-founder of Earthdog. “Many dogs who have had chronic hair loss and skin irritation find relief with a hemp collar or harness.” Although hemp can sometimes feel rougher than other materials, it softens with age and washing – and without weakening.
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