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Peace Paws Eco Dog Collar

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Sterling says: The love of my life is a 110-pound ball of white fur. I appropriately have named him Moose and we share many travels to many wonderful places. In our travels we often take the time to visit every doggy boutique to try out new toys, treats and on occasion gear.



In our travels we frequently came upon recycled, re-purposed or up-cycled gadgets, especially in the pet world, but such items frequently have left a bitter taste in our mouths after an initial sweet flavor. Seeing coat racks made of skis, but with brand new hooks. Leashes made from used fabric with new carabineers, and so on. It seemed so many items were one step short of the sustainable item they claimed to be, so this brought forth an idea - take that extra step and find a way to make a fashionable, functional, durable, fully upcycled, repurposed and sustainable line of doggy accessories.



Each collar has its buckles cut, shaped, filed and sanded by hand from old reflective street signs to give that extra element of safety at night. We designed them to resemble a climbing harness buckle with a double back feature so it will not come undone while playing at the dog park or going for adventures on leash.

We then hand-forge electrical cable into rivets for holding the D ring in place. The D rings are carefully bent and welded from retired large gauge wire. Then after extensive sewing on seatbelts the crowning jewel is applied on some collars in the form of a flower or a bow tie made from pieces of old billboards to provide a colorful and fashionable final touch. These pieces are put together in a nearly indestructible fashion to provide a truly 100% upcycled reflective collar for your best friend.



After all Moose has done for me, the least I could do was make him something I believe in and something we could both be proud to display.

MATERIALS
seat belt, aluminum street sign, aluminum electrical cable, bicycle spoke, aluminum/stainless tea tray, marine/military surplus thread, used billboard scraps
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Sterling Shaw
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

November 20, 2012 04:57:43 PM

Sterling's Peace Paws Eco Dog Collar is made completely from reclaimed materials. It's also product tested by her own dog, Moose! Would you proudly present your pup with this fashionable, functional pet accessory?

Stephanie
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November 21, 2012 01:46:35 PM

This is actually something I would buy!!! My fur-babies are unique and I love that I can get bling for them that is unique as well!

Trudy

November 21, 2012 04:33:07 PM

Very unique....and it would look awesome on my doggie!

donna
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November 21, 2012 04:52:57 PM

My puppy needs one of these. Do they come in pink, lol?

lisa
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November 21, 2012 06:28:52 PM

Cute but the jeans one is the best and most versatile design.

Kyle
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November 21, 2012 07:17:24 PM

I purchased one of these collars from Sterling on Etsy a while back and these things are bomb proof. Shes pretty good about custom orders too so I got one to match my pups coat and it couldn't look better. They look great and will last for- freaking-ever. Awesome product.

Matthew
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November 21, 2012 07:29:37 PM

These are awesome. I own one and my pup hates collars. The seat belt material moves smoothly on her neck and doesn't bother her as much as some of the other ones we've tried. Great idea.

Mike
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November 21, 2012 07:32:30 PM

Nice to see something fully recycled. Looks cool.

Karma
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November 21, 2012 07:36:32 PM

Very nice! one of a kind and environmentally friendly! Certainly looks very unique.

Lynn

November 21, 2012 08:19:03 PM

Awesome!!!

Tina
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November 21, 2012 08:39:57 PM

I love how unique they are and finally completely up cycled

Jay
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November 21, 2012 09:52:42 PM

Buy one or two or three or four, you know you want to! Don't waste your money on cheap crap.

Kim
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November 22, 2012 12:24:48 AM

like the reflective street sign and the seat belt-one tough collare

Adam
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November 22, 2012 01:43:36 AM

Fully re-purposed. Sad we aren't seeing more stuff like this in an upcycle contest. Nice job

Patti
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November 22, 2012 07:05:52 PM

My puppy would love this


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November 22, 2012 09:42:35 PM

Amazing talent, great products!

Millie
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November 23, 2012 09:36:22 AM

I love it.

amanda
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November 23, 2012 11:10:07 AM

So much thought has gone into this! Very impressed

Merry
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November 23, 2012 12:48:46 PM

nice...would buy

Dustin
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November 23, 2012 04:51:43 PM

i love this. what a thoughtful product.

Linda
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November 23, 2012 06:05:45 PM

Not a pet person.

wendi
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November 24, 2012 12:50:06 AM

cute bracelet

Nicholas
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November 24, 2012 11:57:10 AM

Not my style.

Tommie

November 24, 2012 04:12:38 PM

Love it.

Pat

November 25, 2012 06:56:47 AM

If you already have a dog you already have a collar and buying this is just wasting the gas for UPS or whoever to ship it, so how green is it really?

Glenda
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November 26, 2012 05:36:31 AM

it's ok

Rosangela
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November 26, 2012 06:01:25 AM

Not my style.

Linda
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November 26, 2012 01:46:30 PM

Love the intelligence of using reflective street signs for the buckles. I don't have a dog, but if I did, this would be THE collar we'd use.

Gabe
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November 26, 2012 06:14:18 PM

Pat, assuming your comment was serious; the humane society estimates 3-4 million dogs and cats per year are adopted. Dogs are not born with collars and they usually go through a few as they grow. Every item on here would require shipping and a collar from a store has had each piece shipped multiple times through its creation adding up to hundreds of times travel distance compared to this one. Not to mention new materials aren't being constructed, shipped, or refined for this one (all consuming energy among other things). Now if your next door neighbor is making something similar then by all means buy from them, but if not then this appears to be far "greener" than your walmart or doggie boutique collars. It's cool, and I applaud your effort. Good job Sterling.

Diana
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November 27, 2012 08:24:23 AM

Excellent idea and choice of materials.

David
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November 27, 2012 09:24:08 AM

Amazing!

Robin

November 27, 2012 11:22:52 AM

Great idea!

Michelle
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November 27, 2012 03:16:07 PM

I don't own a dog.

Arelis
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November 27, 2012 10:08:32 PM

Cute

Fox
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November 28, 2012 06:20:38 AM

very innovative

Kyle
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November 28, 2012 06:25:42 AM

By far my favorite item on here. Can't wait to buy one.

Ky
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November 28, 2012 06:28:44 AM

adorable. Moose is lucky.

Amanda
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November 28, 2012 12:08:20 PM

looks like an expensive dog collar that is not nice

Talia
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November 28, 2012 06:42:59 PM

Very cool idea!!

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