Handmade pet toys crafted in New Zealand

Environmentally friendly cat & dog toys

Eco-conscious pet toys your fur-friends will ADORE

FunDiggityDog creates cat and dog toys that are ethical, sustainable and luxurious – because your pets and our planet deserve the best!

Our premium canine and feline toys are lovingly handmade in Southland, New Zealand, from quality natural materials.

We use leather, fur, wool – plus flax & hemp to create an irresistible range of toys that your pets will LOVE.

Each toy is:

  • Rustic, natural and made with your pet’s best interests in mind. 
  • Triple-core bonded and double-stitched, at a minimum.
  • Stuffed with scoured, clean, cross-bred NZ wool.
  • Customised with optional squeakers, if plastic-free is important you.
  • Made with environmentally-friendly materials.
  • Shipped straight to your door in compostable, recyclable or biodegradable packaging.
  • Made in New Zealand.
  • Able to be couriered anywhere in the world.
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Wallaby

The environmental cost of these introduced pests has recently reached a tipping point and become a full blown plague, which is having an enormous impact on our high country.

Originally localised to Canterbury, wallabies have now spread to cover most areas in both the North and South Islands.

Numbers are predicted to be in the hundreds of thousands and will continue to escalate.

They destroy the native grasslands, and increase the amount of soil that is eroded, which ravages our native fauna and flora.

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Hemp & Flax

Hemp is the world’s strongest natural vegan textile fibre. It’s far more durable than cotton and up to three times more flexible and tensile. It’s also anti-bacterial, contains in-built UV protectant, and is moisture resistant to provide longevity.

The external fabrics we use on our toys are spun from flax, hemp and wool to create a superior durability of 50,000 ‘Martindale Rubs’ (MR). To put this in perspective, main household furniture only requires 25,000 MR, and 30,000 MR is considered ‘Extra Heavy Duty’ for airport terminals and movie theatres. Commercial grade is 40,000 + MR. 

Why do we use hemp instead of cotton?

We use hemp fabric over cotton because of the multitude of benefits it offers to the planet. 

  • Hemp uses approximately half the amount of land, a quarter of the amount of water, and produces twice as much fibre per hectare than cotton.
  • Hemp enriches the soil it grows in, while cotton depletes it.
  • Cotton requires a disproportionately high use of pesticides and herbicides (some of the most hazardous available) which often end up in soils and rivers. It is also heavily associated with enforced slave labour.
  • Hemp is naturally resistant to most insects and diseases, essentially eliminating the need for any chemical applications.
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Wonderful Wool

Cross-Bred (strong) wool makes up around 85% of New Zealand’s total wool clip. New Zealand grown wool is some of the best in the world, and far more planet-friendly than synthetic fibres.

The average home with synthetic carpet is believed to be the equivalent of having 20,000 plastic bags on the floor. Yet wool carpets account for only 15% of the carpet market in NZ.

Our prime sheep currently being profitable only for meat is a sad state; both uneconomical due to strong wool prices being so low, and unsustainable – particularly given that this exceptional product supports jobs and incomes, is natural and renewable, biodegradable, fire retardant, and is exceptionally durable!

It has none of the non-renewable, ocean polluting attributes that the man-made fibres often used in toys do. Even though the tide is slowly turning, as more people become aware – we only wish that more was being done to promote this valuable multi-purpose asset globally to appeal to the socially and environmentally conscious consumer.

That’s why here at FunDiggityDog we’re helping turn this precious commodity back into the amazing asset it should be!

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Rabbit

These ‘cute’ little introduced pests are actually causing a huge amount of damage to our flora.

They compete with livestock for pasture, and damage the soil structure with their burrowing.

Because of their quick reproduction, they are quickly dominating the animal population of New Zealand.

The damage of wild rabbits in the countryside alone is estimated at 50 million dollars a year, with even more being spent trying to eradicate them.

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Natural vs Man Made

We’ve chosen to stuff our toys with wool and fur scraps instead of the commonly-used polyester filler, which is made from carbon intensive non-renewable fossil fuels and resources. Polyester is also not biodegradable and contributes greatly to the micro-plastic pollution in our oceans. Most synthetic fibres are produced in countries where environmental regulations are lax, and air and water pollution is often discharged untreated, resulting in a horrific domino effect and reverberation of environmental harm. Whilst we accept the tanning process to produce leather also produces harmful chemicals, the source we use maintains high standards of treatment and disposal in line with strict council requirements.

FunDiggityDog is also proud not to be supporting offshore factory ‘slave-labour’ and miserable, dangerous working conditions.

However, we did have an ethical dilemma over the thread used to stitch the toy edges and had to compromise by using polyester thread, as hemp thread is very susceptible to moisture, and with the dog’s chewing it would not last long.

We’ve done so much research to try to find a natural product to use as a squeaker, but to no avail. After much vocal and athletic debate (bark, woof, squeak, squeeeeeak, bounce, bounce bark!) alongside our team panel of assorted dog breeds and as we have in other aspects done our absolute best to produce a better, more planet friendly toy – the experts have voted unanimously in favour of offering to include the small plastic versions inside the toy (being the only options available), as a lot of dogs + cats do just LOVE them.

Each toy does have the option (at Check-Out) of being “squeaker-free”, or can contain noisy squeakers individually hand-sewn into hemp pouches as extra protection from sharp little teeth.

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Possum

The brush tail possum was introduced to NZ from Australia to establish a fur trade in 1837.

Now it is one of the greatest threats to our natural environment and eco-system. Possums have very few predators in the wild, which has resulted in the current possum population explosion.

They are opportunistic omnivores and compete with our native birds and reptiles for food, as well as having a devastating effect on our native Flora.

They cost the country tens of millions of dollars per year in economic loss and also place our agriculture industry at risk by spreading Bovine Tuberculosis.

Trying to contain the problem has caused much social dissent via the controversial 1080 drops.

However, we have turned this pest into an asset in our FunDiggityDog toys, as the actual fur itself is pretty special.

Considered the warmest fur in the world (on par with the polar bear), the possum fur has a hollow core fibre, is very lightweight and a well known attractor for dogs.

What dog doesn’t love treeing a possum? Frustration at its finest!

Facts – Source: Dept of Conservation

  • It is estimated that possums, rats and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year.
  • There are currently 30 million possums in NZ, in comparison our Kiwi Bird only numbers 68,000 and is in an endangered decline.