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The Best Eco-Friendly Dog Beds for 2021
Last Updated on November 2, 2020 By Leigh, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT 1 Comment
Almost exactly nine years ago, I made a hasty dash into a pet store on the way home from the shelter, with a seven-week-old confused puppy safely tucked into a travel crate in the back of the car. We needed everything – bed, bowls, leash, chew toys – to keep her safe and occupied for at least two months of rehabilitative ‘house arrest’ to heal from three broken toes.
At the time, musing over the most eco-friendly dog bed just wasn’t an option. But, with age comes wisdom and now that this mischievous and adorable pup (yes, we’re a ‘foster fail’!) is in need of a new bed, preferably one with a little extra support for her older bones, only the best, most eco-friendly and non-toxic dog bed will do, naturally.
Finding such a bed is surprisingly difficult. Ideally, a dog bed is breathable, washable, and durable, has a replaceable cover, just in case, and is good for people, planet, and pups alike, with no toxic off-gassing from where your dog spends most of their time. Oh, and hopefully it looks good too and is made by a company with good labor standards. It was a Great Dane-sized order, but after much digging I finally tracked down some genuinely eco-friendly dog beds, so you and your best friend can sleep soundly. Curious about the methodology we use to rate products like this? Click here to view our methodology, which at its core, is about voting with our dollars to fight climate change.
Below, you’ll find our rankings for the best eco-friendly dog beds. We believe every bed on this list is a smart buy. Note that the best choice for your situation might not be the bed we ranked the highest, so pay attention to the differentiating features between them instead of taking our rankings at face value.
Best Organic Dog Bed: Essentia Kingdom Dog Bed
Organic, dioxin free, toxin free, Vegan-friendly natural latex foam mattress with a soft cotton cover for super snuggly pups – GOTS and GOLS certified. Ethical labor standards.
Made in North America, the Essentia Kingston Dog Bed has a natural latex memory foam mattress and a soft cotton cover that can be removed and washed. The bed has a SoftGrip cotton bottom, making it safe to use on all floors without scratching or sliding. The vegan-friendly bed is free from adhesives and uses the same natural rubber mattress materials as Essentia use for the beds intended for humans.
Essentia make these dog beds and their other products at a GOLS and GOTS certified factory in Canada. They take care to minimize carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and are a very responsive company with great customer service. The beds are affordable, breathable, natural, stylish and comfortable for your pup and one of the best eco-friendly dog beds around!
Nontoxic Dog Bed Runner Up: Rawganique 100% Organic Cotton Pet Bed
100% organic cotton dog and cat bed handmade in the USA and available in 5 colors (naturally dyed), natural and black.
From $92 to $296 with free shipping in the continental US.
Rawganique are another favorite at LeafScore thanks to their commitment to making eco-friendly, safe, non-toxic household products in an ethical way. Their Sesame 100% Organic Cotton Pet Bed is no exception. These beds are 4 inches thick at the center, taper towards the edges and are free from polyester, fire retardants, and other off-gassing chemicals that could have adverse health effects on your pup.
The bed is available as an insert alone or as the cover alone. The cover is strong and durable 100% USA organic cotton twill cover in 5 colors and dye-free Natural and Black. The fill is 100% certified organic cotton batting, and the whole bed is handmade sweatshop-free in the USA and dioxin-free, formaldehyde-free, fire retardant-free, chemical-free, and sweatshop-free.
The Rawganique Sesame Organic Cotton Dog & Cat Pet Bed is made to order, so allow 2-3 weeks for production and another week or so in transit, under normal conditions.
OMI Organic Pet Bed
Dog and cat bed made in the USA from organic cotton and buckwheat hulls, with natural Talalay rubber, ideal for pets and companions with multiple chemical sensitivity.
From $45 to $280
OMI (Organic Mattress Inc.) is an exemplary company making mattresses for humans and animal companions alike (we especially like their crib mattresses). Their pet beds are made in the USA at the company’s own factory where workers are asked to be smoke-free and scent-free and no toxic chemicals are allowed on site. The beds themselves are free from polyurethane foam, chemical flame retardants, formaldehyde, anti-fungicides, pesticide-treated cotton or other harmful chemicals.
So, what is in these dog beds? Certified organic cotton, organically-grown buckwheat hulls, and a Talalay 100% natural rubber ring that helps form the sides. The inner cushion is filled with certified organic cotton and buckwheat hulls, sewn inside two separate chambers to help keep them contained. The cover is made with 7-ounce weight color grown (dye-free) certified organic cotton canvas and a brass zipper closure.
The two-chamber inner-fill design also lets your pup move between the cooler buckwheat side on hot summer nights and the cotton-filled cozy side for chilly winter snoozes. And, because we all know how dogs like to circle and circle and circle before settling down to sleep, the buckwheat hulls are perfect for letting them nest and customize to their hearts’ delight.
OMI dog beds are GreenGuard certified, and the covers are removable and machine washable (line dry or low heat dry). The beds are available in small, medium, and large sizes measuring 22 x 22 inches, 31 x 35 inches, and 40 x 51 inches, respectively. You can also buy new covers or inserts as needed.
Build-your-own bed system using upcycled textiles from an eco-minded B Corp using FSC certified paper tags and packaging.
P.L.A.Y. is a certified B Corporation (one of the first in the pet industry) and is committed to making more eco-friendly pet products and pushing the industry as a whole forward. Their dog beds are made with PlanetFill® recycled plastic bottle polyfiber and they estimate they’ve saved close to three million bottles from going into landfill. They also offer a Fill-a-Bed and Change-a-Cover system where you get the cover and a stuff-sack to fill with your own textiles.
The company also tries to minimize packaging and uses FSC certified paper. They’re a Green America Green Business, pay their workers fairly, donate 2% of profits to various charities, donate beds to homeless pets in need, host senior dog adoption events, and donate to human-oriented charities too.
The P.L.A.Y. dog bed covers are a bit more varied than those from Molly Mutt and other outfits, given that they’re largely designed by artists in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, making for some rather unique dog décor.
Again, the key downside with these beds is that they’re not made with organic cotton or other organic materials, and the recycled plastic is still a source of undesirable chemicals that aren’t great for people, pups, or the planet.
The Futon Shop Natural Pet Mattress
Organic cotton, Dunlop latex, coconut coir, and wool dog bed with removable waterproof cover, handmade in the US.
The Natural Pet Mattress from the Futon Shop is handcrafted in San Francisco from organic cotton, natural Dunlop latex, extra firm natural coconut fiber coir infused with natural latex, and wool from sheep raised in the US.
There are four main options for mattress construction, namely:
- Coconut and wool filling
- Latex and wool filling
- Organic cotton filling
- Pure wool filling
Wool is an excellent temperature regulator and is naturally water repellent and a good repellent of pests, helping to keep your dog’s mattress hygienic and a happy place to be, summer or winter. This dog bed also has a durable Outdura mattress cover that can handle some scrabbling, is water resistant, and is easy to care for and clean. It’s not fully waterproof, though.
The Natural Pet Mattress is non-returnable, non-refundable, and non-exchangeable, but I’m pretty sure your dog will love it.
Right now, mattresses are on a whopping 35% off sale, so it’s a great time to buy. You can pick up a small mattress from just $59.90 and a large mattress will cost around $98.80. You can also contact the Futon Shop for custom-made mattresses, say if you have an Irish Wolfhound in need of a new place to rest their giant head.
A great idea to keep old clothes out of landfill, but a shame they don’t use organic cotton for their dog bed covers and stuff-sacks.
Molly Mutt is a small company aiming to make a big difference by making dog beds with, well, less. They got their start when co-founder Molly, living in San Francisco, became sick and tired of trucking loads of laundry, including her dog’s bed, up and down the hill to the laundromat. So, she decided to create a stuff-sack and dog bed cover that she could fill up with old clothes she would otherwise throw out.
These days, Molly Mutt offer almost eco-friendly dog bed covers in at least 25 designs, to fit a range of décor styles. The beds have a zipper closure on one end and 5-inch gusset with piping top and bottom to keep the bed in shape.
These build-your-own style beds give your old clothes, pillows, or other soft textiles a second purpose and save you the hassle of having to find a textile recycling facility. Molly Mutt’s concept of using the consumers own home textiles for the filling means an overwhelming greenhouse gas savings and positive impact on landfills. And the beauty of this system is that if your dog does what dogs are wont to do and you need to wash the bed, you can just take everything out and wash it like regular laundry. Many dog beds just can’t go in the wash, so big accidents might make them unsalvageable. Not so with Molly Mutt’s beds.
Another advantage to this type of bed is that you can adjust the fill according to your dog’s needs. So, if your pup needs a little more support in their later years, you can add firmer fill. Or, if your pup likes a thinner bed in summer, you can remove a few items to help them stay cool. You can also create a cool bed by putting an old towel in the freezer overnight and then stuff it in the stuff sack on a hot day. And, of course, these beds make for super easy travel.
My only real gripe with this bed is that the company hasn’t gone that one extra step toward eco-friendliness by using organic cotton. Conventional cotton is one of the most heavily polluting textiles, using tons of pesticides for production. An organic cotton option for the cover and stuff sack would bump this up to 5 leaves, so fingers crossed Molly Mutt learn some new tricks.
We've done some research and determined the best eco-friendly dog beds that you can buy. Here's what you need to know about the products.