Green pet beds as artwork

Got a dog? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve also got a bed for the pooch… that’s purely functional. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s probably a bit of an eyesore… especially if you keep it in a public area of your home.

When William Chen and his wife Deb got their new pug puppy Momo, they decided they weren’t going to settle for the status quo on dog beds… and set out to design something that worked for the puppy as well as their aesthetic and green sensibilities. The end result: P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You), a company focused on making stylish, eco-friendly pet beds.

So, how do you make the dog bed fit your home’s decor? The Chens partnered with San Francisco artist David Collins to create an “Artist Collection” of beds. Collins aimed for “something with a little twist, a little quirkiness. Something that I would want to put in my living room.” Those motivations led to a range of designs… from the kind of formal to the colorful and playful.

But what makes P.L.A.Y.’s products green? Right now, two elements: the Planet Fill filler made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, and minimal packaging made from certified eco-friendly materials. Would love to see an outer shell made from organic cotton, but P.L.A.Y.’s off to a good start at lowering the footprint of these products… and if they last longer than conventional counterparts, that’s even better.

Eco-friendly dog beds won’t save the planet… but they do offer a lower impact choice for a green pet-lover. What do you think… something you wouldn’t mind putting in the living room?


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Images courtesy of P.L.A.Y.