The Best Eco Friendly Dog Beds:
Keep Your Pup Comfy and Your Planet Happy

by | Sep 25, 2020

Aw, dogs. Love ‘em or love ‘em, they will always bring joy to our lives. We all just want the best for them, don’t we?

To help them live their best life, dogs need sleep. We all know humans should sleep 8 hours a day, but did you know dogs need to sleep 12-14 hours a day, with some larger dogs sleeping up to 18?! Oh, to be a dog.

When any conscious consumer sets out on a purchase, we have the health of planet, people, and pocket in mind. While it might seem small in the grand scheme of things, choosing the right dog bed can have a huge impact on the planet. Eco-friendly dog beds are made with not only sustainable materials, but are also made to last, meaning you won’t keep having to buy a new bed and disposing of your old ones every time your pup innocently ruins another bed with a playful bite or a little-too-exaggerated stretch.

Less waste, eco-friendly materials, non-toxic ingredients, and organic fabrics—all of it is on our list. With help from my own pup, Oreo, below is a list of our top picks for the best eco-friendly dog beds.

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1. P.L.A.Y. Beds

play-snuggle-dog-bedTrue story: I have the coldest nose in the world. It’s freezingly cold, all the time! Mom makes fun of me because I like to burrow my nose in blankets and under pillows, but I can’t help it. But this bed? Ahhh, it’s a warm furry cave perfect for the nose protection I’ve been looking for. And if it gets turned inside out, it is the softest bed I have ever slept on. I’m lying on it now while Moms is asking me how I like it and Izzzz.

P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) is a certified B Corp and a Gold Certified Green Business that designs dog beds, dog toys, and other accessories with the planet (and people and pets, of course) in mind. 

They offer many different types of eco-friendly dog beds in all shapes and sizes (including a teepee, omg!) for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Our top choices are the Chill Pad, Snuggle Bed, and Urban Denim Lounge Bed.

What’s it Made Out Of?

The Lounge Bed is made with denim with a leather logo and has a lead-free zipper. The Chill Pad is made with all-natural cotton, polyester, and faux suede. The Snuggle Bed is made with canvas and faux fur. All the beds are filled with Planet Fill™ fiber which is made from 100% post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles!

Is it Durable?

So far so good for the Snuggle Bed! The Lounge Bed is made with a tough, yet soft, denim and some reviewers have had it for years with no issue. The Chill Pad has been reported as durable, although some dogs might chew the leather logo on the top. Luckily, you can replace the filler or the dog bed cover if need be!

Can it Be Washed?

All three beds are machine washable and dryer friendly! Makes for easy clean up!

Special Features 

The Snuggle Bed is convertible and can change into 4 different styles depending on whether your pup wants to burrow, sit in it, or lay on top of it. The Chill Pad is designed to fit most standard pet crates and versatile enough to have all around the house.

Sustainability 

As we mentioned, P.L.A.Y. uses recycled plastic bottles for their Planet Fill™ fiber that’s used in their beds. To date, they have saved over 10 million plastic bottles from going into landfills and polluting the oceans!

And as a company, they use 100% renewable energy in their headquarters office and are certified for being environmentally responsible in the way they source and manufacture products. Their packaging is kept to a minimum and their tags are made from Forest Stewardship Council certified safe paper. In addition to being planet friendly, P.L.A.Y. is committed to giving back to animals in need—check out their Warm Bellies Initiative!

Price: Chill Pad: $29-$95, Lounge Bed: $98-$218, Snuggle Bed: $55-$109

2. West Paw Heyday Bed

west-paw-heyday-bedI like a good pillow-like everyone else, but do you ever want just a hint of a pillow while you nap? A small one that’s perfect for stretching out, but keeping your nose off the floor? That’s what this pillow bed is. Ah, to be able to stretch out without hitting anything, but still keeping your head cushioned? Oh yeah, that’s the stuff!

West Paw is another certified B Corp and a founding member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition. All of their pet products are made with pets, people, and the planet in mind. The West Paw design uses all sustainable ingredients in their products, including their Heyday Bed.

What’s it Made Out Of? 

All their beds are made of textured, soft knit fabric and micro-suede and are filled with IntelliLoft® fill.

Is it Durable?

Yes, many reviewers have had the bed for several years and some mention that despite being well loved, it still looks brand new.

Can it be Washed?

Yes, all their beds are machine washable and dryer safe!

Special Features

The Heyday Bed comes with a fuller center that won’t flatten out over time and is handmade in the US!  The beds have a crate-friendly design and as an added bonus, the bottom fabric resists picking up dirt from the floor. They also have cat beds

Sustainability

Another eco-friendly company! The stuffing is made from IntelliLoft® fill, which is an eco-fiber made from recycled plastics. To date, West Paw has kept over 19 million plastic bottles from landfills and recycled them into IntelliLoft® fiber.  Besides their beds, West Paw also makes Zogoflex® toys, which can be recycled infinitely to make new toys. They are also a 4-time winner of the “Best for the World: Environment” award!

Price: $79-$159

3. Re-Mat Eco-Friendly Dog Bed

remat-eco-dog-bed-1Do you ever come home from a long day of rolling in the mud in the park and just want a nice, comfy lounge spot? You’ve come to the right place. Yes, it’s made of human tempurpedic mattresses, but this one is all yours. That means no one can “accidentally” kick you during the night (Moms!), or push you off because it’s not your bed (cats!). Plus, you can roll around to your heart’s content without any bumpers making it a slight-too-far fall to the ground!

Re-Mat is a nonprofit based in San Antonio that’s focused on recycling old (human) mattresses. The U.S. disposes about 50,000 mattresses every day, yet the steel springs, foam padding, wooden frames, and cotton can all be reused. The Founder, Christopher Moken, decided to do something about this mattress disposal problem, and in 2017, started Re-Mat.

What’s it Made Out Of

Denim and velcro and filled with 100% Recycled Memory Foam Mattress.

Is It Durable?

Re-Mat only started making the recycled memory foam pet beds this year so we were only recently able to get our paws on one, but with the outer denim fabric and memory foam, we’re thinking this one is built to last. So far, Milou (pictured above) has had like-new sweet dreams on this nap spot.

Can it be washed?

The outer cover is removable for easy, breezy cleaning!

Special Features 

The bed arrives vacuum sealed to reduce shipping costs and lower the carbon footprint. Plus, the vacuum sealed bag is reusable. It is currently holding all of our Co-Founder’s winter clothes. All of Re-Mat’s beds are handmade in the USA.

Extra special is that our Founder & Co-Founder’s dog is featured on the site! It’s her big break!

Sustainability

We thought Re-Mat had thought of it all with keeping mattresses out of landfills, where they take up much more space than regular trash and focusing on low-carbon, low impact packaging. But, nope, Re-Mat’s big plans only get bigger and better. As they expand their production, they have plans to focus on community empowerment, committed to employing people experiencing homelessness and individuals just getting out of prison. 

Pretty fun movement to be a part of, we must say!

Price: $55

4. Harry Barker Rectangle Dog Bed + Cover

harry-barker-dog-bedsYou know, sometimes I think dogs get the short end of the stick in life. Like, yeah, we can sleep all day, and we don’t have to go to work, and we can bark at people we don’t like, and we can get our belly scratched andwhat was I saying again? Oh yeah, but sometimes dog stuff just isn’t cute. I have a style too you know! But Harry Barker has things that are *chops lick*. And that bed? With some embroidery on it? Wow, the kind of detail a dog can appreciate!

Harry Barker was created by former model, Carol Perkins, and it shows in their designs! Their pet products are innovative and adorable and are made to inspire a “beautiful pet, beautiful home, and beautiful planet.” Indulge in a guilt-free shopping spree with their high-quality eco-friendly products.

What’s it Made Out Of? 

A jute-cotton blend with natural and earth-friendly dyes. The insert is filled with eco-fiberfill made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles.

Is it Durable?

Yes, the outer fabric is mildew-resistant, and the inserts are quilited and stuffed so they won’t lose their shape over time. A common issue to the single-spot sleepers!

Can it be Washed?

The cover is removable and washable. It’s prewashed and preshrunk, making for a risk-free machine wash, and it’s able to be dried on low heat.

Special Features

The beds can be personalized with embroidery and are all hypoallergenic.

Sustainability

The inserts are made from recycled post-consumer plastics, which means that each bed keeps plastic bottles from ending up in the landfill. Their other products use eco-friendly fabrics, or all natural ingredients for treats, or are biodegradable. The company is also committed to giving back in other ways besides product materials. They support several earth-friendly organizations, including Planet Bee Foundation and Mote Marine Laboratory.

Price: A small starts at $80 + $80 insert

5. Jax & Bones Lounge Bed

jax-and-bones-dog-bed-1Sometimes after Moms and I go on a long walk, all I want to do is lay on something soft and pant. Forever. And this bed? It’s like if the couch was a cloud, and it was all yours. Owooooo!

Jax & Bones was created with design and style in mind, but also so that consumers can feel good about their purchases with their sustainably sourced materials. They have a wide variety of beds including Sleepers, memory foam Cuddlers, and Donut beds. Our favorite choice is their top-selling Lounge Bed, which comes in a wide variety of colors and fabrics.

What’s it Made Out Of?

Woven polyester fabric and stuffed with Sustainafill™, their proprietary hypoallergenic eco-friendly fiber filling.

Is it Durable? 

Yes, the outer fabric is tightly woven to hide dirt and hair.

Can it be Washed?

Yes, the outer cover is removable and machine washable in cold water and can be tumble dried on low.

Special Features

It’s designed like a sofa with bolstered sides and center pillow, is hypoallergenic, and is made in the USA.

Sustainability

The bed itself is stuffed with Jax & Bones’ proprietary filling, Sustainafill™, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. Over 3.5 million plastic bottles have been recycled in their beds and over 10 million bottles have been saved from landfills. In addition, they use earth friendly textiles that are 20% recycled goods. 

They also repurpose their fabric scraps to make other products. Their materials are sustainably sourced, and some toys are biodegradable and compostable.

Price: $109-$249

6. Orvis ComfortFill-Eco™ Bolster Dog Bed

orvis-dog-bedNow, THIS is what I’m talking about! A couch just for me? And no human to push me out of “their spot” (even though I was there first!)? Pillows to hang my head or to push my nose under, surrounded by pure fluffy and soft, and easy access out without having to climb over anything. This bed gets another *chops lick*.

Orvis specializes in fishing and hunting gear and sporting goods, starting in 1856. They also sell clothing, houseware, luggage, and, of course, dog products. Orvis focuses more on durability and practicality of their products, but they are all high quality.

What’s it Made Out Of?

Their dog beds are made from polyester fabric and are filled with ComfortFill-Eco™ cushioning.

Is it Durable?

Yes, the filling is responsive and springs back into shape no matter how much your dog moves around. Many reviews remark on the high quality and long life, particularly for large dogs.

Can it be Washed?

The outer cover is removable and machine washable.

Special Features

Shaped like a couch with three-sided bolster and an open side so dogs can get in and out easily. They can also be personalized with embroidery for your special pooch!

Sustainability

The Bolster Dog Bed is made with ComfortFill-Eco™ filling which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. An average of 146 bottles are used in each bed and to date, Orvis has saved over 13.5 million plastic bottles from landfills. 

In addition, Orvis is dedicated to conservation and preservation. They donate 5% of pre-tax profits every year to protecting the planet. They also offer a matching grant program for donations solicited from their customers and together have donated over $20 million to conservation efforts over the past 25 years.

Price: $149 (for small dogs up to 40 lbs) – $269 (for dogs 90-120 lbs)

7. Toad&Co Eco Dog Bed

toad-co-eco-dog-bedThis is the kind of bed really sporty dogs would like. The kind of dog I hope to be, but I’m just not sure I am. It’s perfect for throwing in the back of your truck to go camping and laying out under the stars, but also super comfy when you’re at home watching TV with Moms or Pops! It’s the bed for the on-the-move pup we all dream to be.

Originally named Horny Toad, Toad&Co is a Colorado-founded, California-based sustainable clothing company. Since their beginning, Toad&Co has been committed to creating global change by using eco-friendly and sustainable materials, including in their dog bed.

What’s it Made Out Of?

Toad&Co beds are made from organic cotton blends and denim and are filled with upcycled fabrics.

Is it Durable?

The outer layer is made with “durable” cotton blends and is doubled layered for long term use.

Can it be Washed?

Yes, the cover is removable and machine washable on cold and can be tumble dried on low.

Special Features

The zipper is hidden to hide from chewers and there is a pocket in the corner for your pup’s favorite toy.

Sustainability

The bed is made completely from upcycled fabrics and fiber. The filling is made from fabric scraps that could not be reused or recycled and each bed keeps about 5 lbs of fabric out of the landfill. 

Toad&Co is also committed to sustainability in the rest of their products, which are eco-friendly, including clothing that is made from at least 80% sustainable fibers. They also have an option for reusable packaging, which is returned to the company to be used again. They also partner with many different environmental organizations including The Conservation Alliance and The Environmental Defense Center and are part of 1% for the Planet, just like us!

They are also a relatively first-on-the-scene socially responsible company. They partnered with Search, Inc. to found Planet Access Company in 1997. PAC is a logistics warehouse that provides career opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. 

Price: The small option starts at $45.

8. Molly Mutt Dog Bed

Molly-Matt-dog-bedsYou know that feeling when your Moms leaves her clothes on the bed and you snuggle on them because it smells like her? That’s just the best isn’t it! And yeah, sometimes she looks at me like I did something wrong, but why else did she leave her clothes on the bed? Now imagine you could feel like that all the time (minus the look from Moms) and you could smell your Moms (or your Pops!) all day while she leaves you alone to do something called “work.” That’s exactly the feeling you get with this bed.

Molly Mutt is another great option to put on our list on what to do with old clothes. Molly Mutt dog bed is actually a duvet cover and a “stuff sack” that you fill with your old clothes, pillows, blankets, and other fabrics. Since it’s filled with old clothes, it’s filled with a pup’s favorite scent: their human!

What’s it Made Out Of?

Your old clothes! And 100% cotton canvas.

Is it Durable?

Yes, without traditional filling, the replacement rate is considerably lowered. And many reviews mention the durability of the cover against dogs that like to knead their bed before laying down.

Can it be Washed?

Yes, the removable cover is preshrunk and is machine washable.

Special Features

You can order a Pillow Pack Kit for the extra pampered pup that is always trying to steal your pillow.

Sustainability

Because the filling is made from your old clothes and fabrics, it keeps those textiles out of landfills. It also means everything can be washed together, filling and all, for a nice thoroughly cleaned bed. Also since it’s a duvet cover, its carbon footprint is much smaller. Molly Mutt boasts that their duvet covers’ “transportation-related carbon emissions from shipping are reduced by 70% compared to other dog beds”.

Price: Depending on the size, the bed can range from $29-$76.50.

Keep Your Pup Comfy and Earth Happy

Luckily, there are a lot of great options nowadays for eco-friendly dog beds for eco-conscious dog owners. A few others we found that didn’t make the list include The Foggy Dog, Only Natural Pet, and OMI. UK brand Project Blu has some options for the ol’ chaps (chups?) across the pond.

There are even some options on Etsy for a more handcrafted feeling. And if you have any additional suggestions for products that we left off the list, shoot us a message and let us know so we can spread the word!

Melissa Zepeda

Melissa Zepeda

Contributor

Melissa is a graphic designer by trade who loves to find opportunities to try new things wherever she can. Hailing equally from Denver and Houston, she now lives in San Antonio with her little monster/pup. You can keep up with Melissa on her website.

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