Eco-friendly and sustainable beds for pets


Two manufacturers in Chennai make comforting beds with upcycled materials for your furry associates

Here’s an effective way to point out your love for your canine, and the earth. Give your used garments, towels, and pillows a brand new life as a canine mattress, and thereby reduce down on ones that find yourself in landfills.

In Chennai, there are manufacturers that do that for you. “Your dog’s favourite scent is you,” says Srividya Sriram, founding father of Good Boy Cal (@goodboycalco on Instagram) that makes sustainable beds for pets. “It’s the best gift you can give your pet. When he or she rolls on a customised bed that carries your scent, it helps reduce anxiety, especially when you are away for long hours,” she explains.

Srividya makes a themed set of mattress covers: an outer cowl with upholstery materials, and aninner waterproof cowl that’s straightforward to clean. “I started with geometric designs and now we have botanical patterns like foliage or floral ones.”

Dog house owners select the theme and measurement (small to medium for indie canines or giant to additional giant for massive canines like Labradors) when putting the order. “You can gather old blankets or clothes and do the stuffing. As it lends an uneven finish, the dogs can jump and mould the bed to their size. You can keep changing the stuffing and the bed can last many years,” she provides.

Dominique Lopez and Priyanjoli Basu, co-founders of Chennai-based Oh Scrap Madras (@ohscrapmadras) have provide you with a prototype of pet beds with upcycled materials.

“We have diverted more than 400 kilograms of fabric from entering landfills between August last year and July this year: we upcycle discarded fabrics from garment units and tailoring units in Chennai and convert them to coasters, cutlery holders, preventive face masks and hair accessories,” says Dominique.

She provides, “We were left with mounds of fabric scraps too small to be repurposed.” This led them to make DIY cloth beds for pets, that can be obtainable in a month. There can be flooring cushions too, she says

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