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.