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Three ‘eco’ dog sticks for $13!? Um…

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Fetchstix, a new company, will sell you sticks for your dog for cold hard cash. A good plan… or not so much?

This new ‘eco' company is selling Vermont Maple saplings in sets of three to dog owners everywhere. I wasn't planning on posting this at all (more on why in a sec) but then today I ran across this piece: Guide to the bleeding obvious, which made me laugh, and I wanted to share. The bleeding guide is a hilarious look at Fetchstix. It's totally worth a read, but that might be where the funny stops; at least for green-minded dog owners.

Here's the scoop. I get a promo email about 12 days ago about said Fetchstixs. I head to the site, because natural dog toys seem pretty green to me, and what am I greeted with? The image below.

wooden-toy-for-dog

I find it funny when people send me emails about products for my green blogs then send me to a site with a forest that's there one minute and gone the next. I also see that the sticks are made with saplings, which excuse me if I misunderstand, but aren't saplings baby trees! I think to myself, maybe they're getting these sticks from scraps, so I look around the website and nothing.

I email back noting one, I don't write about pets, and two, I might if the pet product is eco-friendly but that I'm not seeing the eco-connection here. It's been 12 days and I haven't heard back so I'm guessing there is no eco-connection.

If you top off this product with emissions made by the shipping process, this becomes an even less suitable ‘eco' dog toy. That said if you bookmark their page you'll see they've tagged it with “Funny eco gifts for dog lovers” so… I don't know, maybe they think it's an eco gift.

Around the eco-blogosphere folks are on the fence as well.

  • Treehugger is ambivalent. BUT read the comments to see what their readers think (not so on board).
  • Alternative Consumer (a favorite green blog of mine) seems ok with them.
  • My friend Peggy, also a green blogger is fine with them on her pet blog. (I still adore her).

There are also folks who aren't so on the fence. Some of us think this is a lame idea. Like Pet Show Blog and this person who I randomly found on Facebook – BTW – I'm not on board, I wouldn't buy them. I can't sign on with these as a green product. Sorry folks.

What do you think?