"New Key Findings From HealthyStuff.org:
Pet Products – HealthyStuff.org tested over 400 pet products, including beds, chew toys, collars and leashes. Since there are no government standards for hazardous chemicals in pet products, it is not surprising that alarming levels of toxic chemicals were found. One quarter of all pet products had detectable levels of lead, including seven percent with levels higher than 300 ppm – the current Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for lead in children's products."
Not surprising at all. To me, it's just another reminder that just because items are on shelves, it doesn't mean they are safe. I know before these past 2 weeks, I haven't really thought about Eco-friendly items for my pets. Granted, I haven't bought them anything new in the past 2 years.. yes, I'm a bad mommy. But they have tons of toys. I checked further on the Healthy Stuff Pet study and out of the 30 collars they tested, 12 came back positive for high levels of lead. Since your pet wears their collar 24 hours a day, this is an important item to switch or double check to make sure it is lead free.
I found another great company, Very Vintage, on Etsy that hand makes organic pet collars that are very cute! Very Vintage uses antique brass hardware, which gives the collars a really cool retro look. Very Vintage carries organic cat and dog collars with over 90 choices! They sent Priscilla a Spottie Dottie collar and I love it! The small collars have a breakaway feature, so you don't have to worry about your pet getting caught and choking. If your animal does get caught, the latch will release and snap back into place when you put the collar back on.
Priscilla hasn't worn a collar in 3 years other than when we go on walks. So I was worried wearing one might bother her. She hasn't even noticed it was on! It is a very soft organic cotton fabric. Underneath the fabric is a 1" organic cotton webbing. It is even machine washable. Very Vintage uses a industrial sewing machine, so the stitching is made to last. I thought it was very durable and the size we got is great for dogs or cats. They do make sizes for larger dogs.
Very Vintage also carries organic dog treats, pins, cuff links, hair creations, earrings, necklaces and organic cotton vintage tees!
The Giveaway: Very Vintage is giving away 1 organic collar in any size or style
The Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 2, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US
How to Enter: Visit Very Vintage and tell me something else you like other than the collars. Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
EXTRA entries: You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one.
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4. Blog, Tweet or send a message on FB and leave a link here (3 extra entries)5. Enter another giveaway I have going on and tell me which one or leave a comment on a non-giveaway post
6. Tell me which Very Vintage organic collar you would pick if you won
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