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The Distinguished Dog Co

How ethical is The Distinguished Dog Co?

The Distinguished Dog Co is a dog accessory brand, based in Devon, England. They produce handmade dog collars, jackets, leads and more, all using traditional leatherworking and crafting techniques. 

The Good Shopping Guide does not currently rate dog accessory companies, and so this company does not appear on our ratings tables. However, The Distinguished Dog is featured on our list of the Top 200 Ethical Businesses and was awarded our Ethical Accreditation for its environmental and ethical initiatives.

(Dog owners might also be interested in seeing our Ethical Cat & Dog Food Ratings Table, to see which brands are making the most ethical meals for your pooch!)

In which areas does The Distinguished Dog perform well?

The Distinguished Dog performs well for its adherence to our Human and Environment criteria. Using recycled materials, responsibly sourced leather and local craftsmanship, this company first gained our Ethical Accreditation in March 2022.

The Distinguished Dog also offers a bespoke accessory service; producing custom items to order is a great way to reduce over-production, over-consumption and waste!

What makes The Distinguished Dog so sustainable?

The Distinguished Dog has a wide range of sustainable initiatives that further the brand’s ethical status. Not only does this brand create stylish items for your pup, but it also makes goodies for humans too. Its garments are made in Britain, from organic, vegan and carbon neutral cotton.

Its denim dog bandanas are made from fabric saved from landfill, and the brass hardware is all made in the UK. The leather for the collars and leads is sourced in Europe, from one of the last tanners who still use the natural oak bark process. Tanning leather in this way is a ‘critically endangered’ heritage craft. 

You can find out how to care for your leather dog accessories on The Distinguished Dog website. Looking after and repairing products extends their longevity, reduces waste, reduces energy and reduces resource consumption to make new ones!

Dog toys bought from The Distinguished Dog are made by Nepalese artisans, who craft the toys using natural, biodegradable fabrics and dyes. Products like these help support economies and livelihoods and protect specialised trades and crafts.

How did The Distinguished Dog attain Ethical Accreditation?

The Distinguished Dog has attained Ethical Accreditation from The Good Shopping Guide. This involved an application process and a full review of the brand’s ethical policies and practices. The Distinguished Dog is subject to an annual review to ensure the company maintains high ethical standards.

As a result, The Distinguished Dog is permitted to use our Good Shopping Guide Ethical logo, which certifies the brand’s ethical status and allows consumers to recognise The Distinguished Dog as an ethical brand.