Old Baby Toys Become New Dog Toys
Published on May 20, 2014 by GirlieGirlArmy · No Comments
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Talk about a cute and innovative upcylcing concept! Whenever baby meets puppy, our hearts start melting ooey vegan ice cream, but this project goes one step above by being kind to earth and animals.
Glad Dogs Nation is committed to bringing happiness to all dogs – whether they are lucky enough to live with loving families or are still in need of finding love and rescue.
Their adorable handcrafted dog toys start out as unwanted children’s stuffed toys that they wash in hot water using biodegradable detergent. They remove hard eyes (choking hazard for pups) and put cute appliques in their place. And they always add a squeaker inside. Then they offer the toys inexpensively – so no one needs to shed a tear if the toy is destroyed during play. See the cute start to finish process yourself.
Finally, they spread the gladness by donating 100% of their profits to Glad Dogs Foundation which funds initiatives to stem pet overpopulation and provides food and medical care for dogs.
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Zychal says the idea came to her about 5 years ago while still living in her hometown of Scranton; she was shopping at a Salvation Army and came across a stylish little teal umbrella with white whales on it that she picked up for $1. When she got home, she realized it was broken, but loved the print too much to throw it away. She decided to strip it, wash it, and turn it into a dog coat for her pug.
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Today, Recycling Zychal has expanded into more than just custom dog rain coats, and now sells Organic Cat Nip filled Kitty Toys, babushkas that Zychal calls HOODs, baby bibs, kitchen aprons, dog and cat beds, and placemats that are all made from the salvaged remnants of broken umbrellas! Zychal recently found out that her Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats were nominated for a Cooper Hewitt People's Design Award.
Recycling Zychal is getting ready to launch a new program, "FLORA, FAUNA, FUNCTION", that is designed to help keep the streets clear of broken umbrellas, help support non-profit animal organizations and act as somewhat of a bailout for her small green company. The FLORA, FAUNA, FUNCTION program works by having businesses volunteer to set up a Broken Umbrella Donation Bin, provided by Recycling Zychal, in their storefront for people to toss their broken umbrellas into to get recycled. When the bin is filled, Zychal will then remove the broken umbrellas and donate $1 for each one collected to an animal helping organization, the first one being the Morris Animal Refuge in Center City Philadelphia. As an active member of the Humane Society, ASPCA, and Humane League, Zychal, who is also a vegan, understands the importance of helping animals as the weather starts to cool down and shelters start to fill up.
"It's a triple win", says Zychal, "You're keeping the broken umbrellas out of the trash by recycling them, helping animals, and supporting a green business, all the while, it helps the business hosting the bin out by supporting a green movement and bringing in new customers."
If you are interested in hosting a Broken Umbrella Recycling Bin at your business, or if you would like to donate your broken umbrella to Recycling Zychal, please email Taryn at firstname.lastname@example.org www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com
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If You Love Pussy, Then You Better Put A Stamp On It.
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Her puppies are usually sold for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars because they have American Kennel Club (AKC) registration papers. The AKC supports puppy mills because they receive money from such breeding facilities for giving them their stamp of approval. The puppy mills, in turn, with this AKC stamp of approval sell the puppies for more money to the pet stores. And the pet stores, in turn, sell the puppies for more money because the public mistakenly believes that AKC is a certification of a healthy, well-adjusted, well-treated puppy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Puppy mill puppies are usually very sick (hidden until the buyer brings them home) due to being born to a sickly mother and weaned too soon.
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