Hemp, Snow Leopards and Pet Toys
High in the rugged mountains of Central Asia, the endangered Snow Leopard shares a tumultuous relationship with impoverished herders. It’s a relationship that involves stolen resources, retribution killings, and poaching for fur. Of course, as in so many other situations, the humans are coming out on top of this battle and currently, there are fewer than 6,500 snow leopards left in the world.
That’s where creative thinking, and companies like Honest Pet Products, come into play…
[heading style=”2″ color=”#006666″ style_color=”#006666″]Corporate Cooperation with Species Recovery[/heading]
The Snow Leopard Trust has created a unique program that gives new jobs to the villagers wives, jobs that allow them to care for their family while their husbands continue the herding. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills. In exchange, herders agree to protect the endangered snow leopards that share their habits.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#006666″ style_color=”#006666″]The Participants[/heading]
One of the groups that participate in this program is Honest Pet Products, a very forward-thinking, innovative developer of hemp and wool toys for pets. The company’s all-natural wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families.
But Honest Pet Products doesn’t just give back on an international level, they are busy creating jobs for honest, hardworking people locally as well. They economically support and emotionally encourage people with cognitive and developmental disabilities by hiring them to create their all natural hemp and wool toys in Green Bay, WI and Newfoundland Canada.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#006666″ style_color=”#006666″]Why you Should Give Hemp Pet Toys A Try[/heading]
Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants in existence and for a good reason. It’s fast-growing, environmentally friendly, and can easily be produced in nearly any climate. One acre of hemp can create the same amount of product as four acres of trees, or 3 acres of cotton – on top of that, we can use every part of the Hemp plant!
Worried about the ‘effects” of a hemp toy on your pet? Don’t be…
Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use, while C. sativa subsp. indica (the version used for medical and recreational purposes) generally has poor fiber quality and is therefore not used. The industry prefers the much better quality of sativa for use in manufacturing.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#006666″ style_color=”#006666″]Advantages of Hemp[/heading]
So what are the advantages of hemp in pet toys? Let’s begin with the fact that they are durable, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, mildew-free and twice as strong as cotton. Need I go on?
Okay – they are also 100% biodegradable and the remains of any shredded hemp toys (we have a few) actually replenishes soil. There are no pesticides, chemicals or pollution used in or created as a result of growing hemp, so it’s really a pure, safe and natural solution for pets.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#006666″ style_color=”#006666″]Helping the Environment[/heading]
One way that you can contribute to a fun, interactive lifestyle for your pet while simultaneously saving the Snow Leopard is to purchase a few toys from Honest Pet Products. Not only do I love the way they do business and support communities, I love how they have created a fun toy that your pets will adore. Swing by and take a look at their line of products. They are long-lasting, durable, and much healthier for your pets than the plastics you’ll see elsewhere. Will your pet likely make short work of the toy? Sure, ours did. But, they lasted longer than that $15 stuffed toy that we got at Petsmart! And, by purchasing from Honest Pet Products, we know we’re making things better on a global scale – even if it’s in a small way.
- Learn more about Mary Wolff, the founder of Honest Pet Products, and take a look at their entire line of toys for dogs and cats, by visiting their website. We know that you and your pets will love them!
- For more information on the Snow Leopard Trust, check out this informative video.