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Stylish Eco-friendly Pet Products On Sale at Bambeco

Bambeco, an innovator in sustainable design, has an awesome sale going on right now for stylish toys and accessories for cats and dogs. It looks like they’re clearing out their pet products, so you can pick up some amazing deals. Everything is on sale at clearance prices with savings of over 50%! Now that’s a pawsome deal!

_sojos-catnipPick up a tin of Sojos Organic Catnip for only $3. The catnip is harvested by hand from the Cascade Mountains in Washington. The beautiful tin makes a great gift for the cat lovers in your life. Better yet, treat yourself and your kitty, and keep the reusable tin for yourself.

_smidgeThe Smidge cat toy is on sale for a steal—regularly $8, you can now pick one up for only $3. If you’re thinking that’s what you’d normally pay for a cat toy, remember that Smidge is eco-friendly and it’s made by West Paw Designs. Their felt products are made from recycled PETE—the plastic used to make soda bottles—and this material sells at a premium. Plus the toy is stuffed with 100% premium organic catnip. While you often will pay more for green toys, you’ll save some serious green with Bambeco’s pet sale.

You’ll also find a variety of dog toys and accessories on sale, too. Dig into everything from stylish food storage bins and treat totes to durable dog toys and fashionable collars and leashes. Pet products are on sale right now online at the Bambeco website.

In addition to offering only green products, the shipping is green, too. Bambeco offers free carbon-free shipping for all orders over $100. While you’d be hard pressed to reach that total with only pet accessories—since they’re on sale for so cheap, you will find many beautiful and eco-friendly items for your home including kitchenware, furniture and bedding.

Every product on Bambeco’s website is reclaimed, repurposed, renewable, recycled, regenerated, natural or organic. To quote their tagline, “Yes, everything.” In addition, all of the workers who make their products are paid a fair wage and provided with a safe, healthy working environment.

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Silver Vine Cat Toy Review:
A Fun Alternative to Catnip?

If your kitty is one of the 50% of cats that don’t react to catnip, finding fun cat toys can be a challenge. But there is an exciting alternative that cats ABSOLUTELY ADORE.

My cat, Furball, is one of those kitties who doesn’t react to catnip, but he sure loves to play! So I’m always on the lookout for a catnip alternative. Furball’s indifference to catnip made me realize that most cat toys aren’t really that interesting for cats. Many toys simply rely on the catnip to entice cats to play. As a result, I had to create my own cat toys for Furball. I came up with so many toy ideas that I even wrote a book on how to Make Your Own Cat Toys.

So when I first heard about Jacques Le Sock, I wondered if I had finally found a fun alternative to catnip. . .


Silver vine is the latest find being used by cat toy makers. Though not widely used yet in the U.S., From the Field embraces this herb in their new toy, Jacques Le Sock Silver Vine Cat Toy. They stuff their hemp (durable and biodegradable) fabric toy with their Ultimate Blend of silver vine and catnip, and buckwheat hulls for a soft crinkly sound. The cute-named, sock-shaped toy, comes in six rainbow colors—and it’s made in the USA.

I was curious to see how Furball would react to the silver vine so I immediately ordered Jacques Le Sock on Amazon. In order to get free shipping, I had to add more items to meet Amazon’s minimum total, so I added a few office supplies to my shopping cart. A few days later, an Amazon box arrived at my home. I opened it up and took out the office supplies, but I completely forgot about the silver vine cat toy.

Minutes later, Furball began digging around in the Amazon box on the floor. I thought to myself, oh cute, he’s playing with the cardboard box. However he was unusually engaged with the box. About a minute later, he emerged triumphant, clutching Jacques Le Sock in his mouth.

As you can see from the video below, Furball LOVED the sock. He drooled all over the sock, he tossed the sock in the air, he wrestled with the sock. He was completely enamored with the sock. Conclusion: Silver vine is a winner for my catnip indifferent cat. Furball pawsitively ADORED Jacques Le Sock.

So What Exactly Is Silver Vine?

Silver vine, or Japanese catnip because it grows high in the mountains of Japan and China, hails from the kiwi family, while catnip belongs to the mint family. Safe and non-toxic, silver vine’s effect is more intense and euphoric—its effect can last up to 30 minutes. Your cat may be ready for more play after a 20-or 30-minute wait. But hold off introducing silver vine to your kitty’s play routine until he passes his sixth-month birthday.

Most cat experts agree that around 50% of cats don’t give a meow about catnip. It’s not about turning up their whiskered noses at the herb. Instead, it’s all about the missing catnip gene–these cats simply don’t have the gene that causes them to react excitedly to catnip. However, it’s different for silver vine. University of Illinois researcher Dr. Mark Mitchell found in a recent study that cats played over twice as long with silver vine than with catnip.

Given Furball’s excited reaction to silver vine, I’m betting that we’ll soon see even more cat toys and products made with this wonderful alternative to catnip.

Awesome DIY Cat Projects

A reader brought this awesome infographic to my attention the other day. It features some cool DIY projects for your cat, including a cat climber, cat scratcher, and cat puzzle, that you can make by recycling old cardboard boxes. Many of the other projects can use up scraps of wood or those odds and ends that you keep, but never know what to do with—turn them into a window perch or food stand.

Now that your curiosity is piqued, check out this infographic for some fun upcycle ideas for your favourite feline friends!

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30 Seconds to Create an Eco-friendly Cat Playground and Breathe New Life into Old Cat Toys

Quite by accident, I discovered an easy way to create an interactive play area for my cat. This playground was so delightful that it inspired my 14-year old cat, Furball to leap and run around like a kitten.

And, I bet you’ve already got what you need to build this kitty playground in your home right now. You’ll need…drum roll please…

  • 10 to 15 books

That’s it. Simply scatter them in a random pile on the floor. You’ll want to make the pile high enough so that your cat thinks it can “hide” behind the pile, aka crouch below so it can’t see above the books.

I discovered this easy way to make a fun game for my cat purely by chance. I was going through my bookshelf and clearing out books that I no longer needed. As I was cleaning, I dumped the books that I was going to donate to the library on the floor. When I started playing with Furball later that day, he ran to hide behind the books and a fast and easy kitty playground was created.

It made his usual game of chasing the Rainbow Cat Charmer absolutely addictive for him. He was having so much fun running and jumping that it reminded me of when he was a crazy kitten and played so much that he once fell down from dizziness because he wouldn’t stop running in circles. It was just like the good old days because Furball went berserk attacking his old toy with renewed vigor.


So, all you need to do is bust out an old cat toy, preferably something interactive such as a wand toy, Cat Dancer or something that dangles. Get your cat’s attention and then make the toy hide behind the stack of books.


It’ll give your cat the opportunity to exercise her natural instincts of stalking. The best thing is that once you’re done, clean up is a cinch. Just gather up the books and put them back on your shelf!

If you’re looking for places to donate old books, here are a few suggestions:

  • Some libraries will accept used books.
  • If you have paperbacks, try posting them on  It’s like a giant online book swap meet.
  • Gently used books for young children are welcomed by Project Night Night, which gives books, blankets and stuffed animals to homeless children.
  • Women’s shelters that support families are also a good place to donate books for kids of all ages.

If you’re doing some spring cleaning, here are a few more ideas on Where to Recycle Stuff.

The Hemp Toy That Cats Are Going Crazy For!

“The cats went crazy for it.” – Amazon reviewer

Chase the Hemp Cat Tail from From The Field (no, that’s not a typo there, “From the Field” is the name of the company) is a foot long cat toy stuffed with organic catnip, valerian root and buckwheat hulls. This makes for a fun-filled catnip toy that cats will love to attack and wrestle with.

hemp organic cat toy

The Cat Tail is made from all natural hemp fabric which is excellent for strength and durability. It’s also biodegradable so when it gets fully “yuck-ified” from cat drool and tattered to pieces after hours and hours of play, you can compost it for your flowers and plants.

Washington-based From the Field, makes Chase the Hemp Cat Tail and a full line of hemp cat toys. All of their toys are made in the USA with an eye on sustainability and a commitment to providing high quality natural toys for your cats.

You’ll find Chase the Hemp Cat Tail along with a full selection of organic hemp cat toys and natural pet products at From the Field.

How to Make a Cat Treat Dispensing Toy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Here’s how to make a cat treat dispenser in three easy steps. Rather than spend $20 on a plastic contraption that your cat will outsmart in a few minutes, make your own eco-friendly cat toy using toilet paper rolls by following these simple instructions. It’s lots of fun, easy to do, each puzzle is unique, the cost is free and you can customize the difficulty level depending on your cat.

What’ You’ll Need:

  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Small cat treat

Step 1

Cut one of the toilet paper rolls into rings about 1/4″ to 1/3″ in width.

instructions: how to make cat toy from toilet paper roll

Step 2

Place the cat treat inside the other toilet paper roll.

homemade cat treat dispenser instructions

Step 3

Stuff a few of the toilet paper rings into one end of the toilet paper roll so that the treat can’t easily fall out. Turn the roll around and stuff the remaining rings into the other end.

toilet paper roll cat toy and treat dispenser

Now you’re ready to give this treat-dispensing cat toy to your cat. The more rings you put in, the trickier it is for your cat to get the treat to come out. The fewer rings, the easier it is.

Here’s a video of Furball interacting with his toilet paper roll cat toy. He loves treats, so he’s quite persistent in getting the treat out of this homemade dispenser for cat treats. The laughter in the background is my preschooler.

Miso Green: Organic Catnip Sushi Cat Toys

SushiCatToyLooking to add a little variety to your cat’s play diet? Here’s an awesome green cat toy from OffBeat Betty’s Etsy store.

These awesome sushi toys are sure to appeal to your finicky feline’s refined palate. These maki rolls look good enough to eat despite being made from fleece and felt as opposed to seaweed, rice and fish.

Each maki roll cat toy is filled with USDA organic catnip, ensuring that your kitty will want to play with her food.

They’re available in a set of three toys and are custom made to order. Just like at the sushi bar!

Order up your sushi cat toys by visiting Off Beat Betty’s Etsy store.

3 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Treats

Looking for some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day for the cat lovers in your life—or something for yourself? :) Here are 3 eco-friendly ways to say, “I love you.”

1. Send Organic Flowers

Pick up a bouquet of eco-friendly flowers. If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, where you can grab a bouquet sustainably grown flowers, there’s an online option for you to send organic flowers. Organic Bouquet delivers sustainably grown, certified flowers that are affordable and eco-friendly too. Prices are similar to ordering from one of the big flower conglomerate sites.

Eco-friendly flowers from Organic Bouquet

2. Chocolate Kitty Made With Organic Sugar

This sweet chocolate cat is made with organic sugar by Chocolates by Bernard. Since you can’t share it with your kitty, perhaps she’ll enjoy the heart-shaped toy below.

chocolate-shaped cat

3. Heart-Shaped Organic Cat Toy

Yeowww! makes heart-shaped cat toys filled with organic catnip. The Heart Attack Pack includes 3 bold red hearts to help you win over your kitty’s affections. Happy Valentine’s Day!




Need a Last Minute Gift for the Cat Lovers and Cats in Your Life?

Here’s a purrfect gift that’s fun, cheery, eco-friendly and IDEAL for last minute shopping. It’s Furball’s amazing book on how to, Make Your Own Cat Toys. Now available in digital format (PDF format), you can get your shopping done in just a couple of minutes without sending carbon into the atmosphere by driving to the store and spending 20 minutes circling the parking lot looking for a space.

Avoid the hassle and give a gift that keeps on giving. This fun book features over 50 toys that you can make in minutes from stuff you already have lying around the home.

If you have ever purchased a fancy cat toy only to find Kitty preferred the bag it came in, this book is for you. Make Your Own Cat Toys shows you how to create new toys from old stuff in minutes. Have fun, save the planet and save money at the same time.

It’s the purrfect green gift for cats and cat lovers all over the world. Great for kids too!

Purchase the digital version and you’ll immediately receive a single use link to download the PDF file of the book. Send the link to your friend along with a personal message and presto! Your shopping is done!

Ebook Price: $10.00

Stacking Up Catty Stacks: Eco-Friendly Cat Furniture That Looks Good Too!

Green Little Cat recently had the opportunity to review Catty Stacks, stackable, eco-friendly cat furniture. We were lucky to get the inside scoop from Catty Stacks’ creator, Frank Callari.

Furball loves cardboard boxes as much as any cat–and so does my preschooler. Boxes are cozy, great for hide-and-seek and basically, you can imagine them to be whatever you want. So what’s not to love?

Well, they’re butt ugly for one thing. When we were in full-on box mode, my living room looked like the packing department for Amazon. I once had someone ask me when I was moving, that’s how bad it was.

When guests came over, I’d frantically grab all the boxes and stack them in a corner. I couldn’t throw them out because my kid would notice if even one out of the ten boxes went missing.

Frank Callari, creator of Catty Stacks eco-friendly cat furniture, experienced some of the same frustrations when he got the idea for making Catty Stacks. In his words:

“The idea for Catty Stacks was born out of necessity. I am very particular with aesthetics, so I wanted to find something that would not be an eye-sore in my living room. I set out to find the most beautiful cat furniture on the market and was very disappointed in just about all of my options. Not only are most cat trees ugly, but they are also bulky, heavy, and expensive.”

It was during the holiday season that Frank noticed that his cats, Tito and Stains, loved all of the big boxes that arrived when he was buying gifts. As a result, he got crafty, cut doors, started stacking and built a kitty castle. But, he still had a few problems.

Frank said, “My cats were thrilled, but there remained several fundamental problems with what I was doing. First, regular boxes and duct tape remained ugly and was nothing that I cared to display in my living room. Next, the whole process of cutting, stacking, and securing was very time consuming. Lastly, most of the regular boxes that I was using would not last very long, as they would eventually collapse from the big boy jumping up and down while chasing his smaller sister.”

Over a couple of years, Frank created many prototypes until the final Catty Stacks eco-friendly furniture was born. He created sturdy, modular, easy-to-assemble boxes that could be stacked in a multitude of ways and rearranged whenever your cat (or you) got bored.

Most importantly, Catty Stacks are damn fine looking. They blend attractively with your decor, without making your living room look like the loading dock at UPS. Catty Stacks are also eco-friendly. They’re made with post-consumer recycled fiber, printed with vegetable-based inks and they’re 100% recyclable.

Frank was kind enough to offer to send us a couple of Catty Stacks to review. When I told him my kid would probably fight with the cat to play with them, Frank generously sent an additional two boxes for my son.

My preschooler was enthralled with Catty Stacks

When the Catty Stacks arrived, both Furball and my son were so excited. Assembly was a breeze, even with a “helpful” preschooler. As I predicted, my son hogged the box for a few hours before Furball finally got a turn to play. In terms of the fuzzy review of Catty Stacks, let’s just say Furball loved his Catty Stacks. The box was a safe little cocoon for him to hide in and when I poked a wand toy inside, he was in kitty heaven.

Furball finally gets his turn and loves it inside the Catty Stack

Most importantly, I can proudly display the eco-friendly Catty Stacks in full view without upsetting my sense of design aesthetics. Now, if only there was something that could make the children’s toys scattered all over the living room look good…

Catty Stacks are available in five fashionable and eco-friendly colours including Sky Blue, Chocolate Brown, Snow White, Pistachio Green, and Tickled Pink. And, you can buy them individually so that you can create the purrfect cat home in your home. You can find Catty Stack on Amazon for under $15.

Disclosure: The link to Amazon is an affiliate link. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a teeny tiny commission of about 60 cents. I’m sharing this link not because of the commission, but because Catty Stacks are an awesome eco-friendly alternative to ugly boxes and overpriced “Made in China” cat furniture. Your support also helps me to continue growing this site and sharing eco-friendly news and ideas with the world. Thank you.

Green Little Cat is the only blog that's all about eco-friendly ideas for cats and cat lovers. This blog is a labor of love, created by Holly Tse, author of Make Your Own Cat Toys.
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