Good Hound is committed to sustainable practices and conscious business decisions. We make sure the small businesses we work with share a similar mindset. We take pride in the quality of our goods and feel it’s important to source textiles that are free of harmful chemicals, including those not yet regulated. This may cost more, but it’s worth it.
Our handmade dog bandanas are made using organic cotton, vintage/thrifted material and Oeko-Tex certified linen. And we love linen. To start, it's naturally stain-resistant, anti-bacterial, and completely biodegradable. Linen cloth is also naturally absorbent, which means it requires less dye than cotton and scores high on the ecological chart. Linen is made with flax, a plant that respects the land and surrounding wildlife; it protects soil and water resources as it needs no extra water (rainwater alone is enough to grow it). The hardy plant can grow in poor soil conditions and is an excellent "break crop,” actually improving the quality of the soil as it grows. The crop also serves as a carbon sink - a single hectare of flax can remove 3.7 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. In flax production, nothing is wasted. Every part of the plant is used to create linseed oil, paper, cattle feed or soap.
Not only have we made purposeful changes to the textiles we use, but also to the ingredients in our treats and wellness products, extending even to our packaging. We ship our products in a recyclable mailer or recycled box and we encourage local pick up when possible. The woven labels we use are made with a minimum of 50% recycled yarn and our product bags are organic cotton drawstring bags, which can easily be reused as a treat pouch. These minor adjustments are just a fraction of the decisions we’ve made to reflect our continued shift toward more sustainable practices.
Every day we work to do better for our community, our planet and our dogs. To learn about how Good Hound helps dogs in need, visit our Do Good page.