I learned about Molly Mutt and their innovative product months ago when I was living in Tennessee and I thought it was a great idea, but I didn’t have a dog. When my family and I moved back to Georgia, we moved to my mother’s home, and she does have a fine four-legged friend, her beagle, Candi.
I love dogs as much as the next treehugger, but Candi is a shedder. She leaves a wake of fine white hairs everywhere she goes, no matter how often she is brushed or bathed. So keeping her bed clean (not to mention any other room in the house where she is allowed to roam) is more than a little bit challenging. She has been through at least a dozen pillows, blankets and beds in the past two years or so. Between the red Georgia clay that seems magnetically attracted to her paws and fur and the hair that winds up everywhere, after a while, they just weren’t salvageable.
This is why I immediately loved the idea of Molly Mutt. The company makes dog bed duvet covers. On the surface, this may not seem very innovative, but in practice, it’s awesome! The duvets are designed to be stuffed with whatever you have on hand, from old pillows and blankets to clothing too dingy to donate to Goodwill.
For us, that meant a stained, but cushy old blanket that had once lived inside Candi’s kennel and a couple of old pillows that would have made their way to the local shelter if we hadn’t found another use for them. My daughter and I folded them and put them inside the mesh stuff sack that Molly Mutt sent to us. We then put then entire stuff sack inside the beautiful, medium-sized Bird on a Wire duvet cover we received. The whole process took maybe 2-3 minutes.
Candi had been sleeping on a thin, years-old baby blanket, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t keeping her very comfortable inside her kennel. Now, she hardly ever wants to come out! I’m not overexaggerating. Before we got the Molly Mutt bed, she’d be barking to come out of her kennel first thing in the morning. Now, she’s content to sit in there all morning, or at least until she gets hungry. Candi is still shedding a lot, of course, but I take great solace in the idea that we can remove the components of the bed and wash them all separately instead of trying to find a laundromat that has a washer big enough to fit a whole bed.
If I had one criticism, it is that the fabric used for the duvet is thick, sturdy cotton canvas, but it’s not organic. If the duvets could be made of organic cotton, hemp, jute or some other sustainable fabric, this would be a perfect green product! Still, I love it, and I love the idea that we were able to fill the duvet with whatever we had laying around and still managed to give Candi a comfortable bed that she loves as much as we do!
And to top it off, they are absolutely beautiful! I love the graphic, designer prints that are available. Candi sleeps in the laundry room, but if your dog sleeps in full view of the rest of the house, this a great option that you won’t want to hide from your guests!
Why It’s Green:
- Reduces waste by allowing you to create a bed by filling the duvet with old blankets, pillows, clothing, an existing dog bed, etc. instead of replacing your bed
Want to Win One?
Molly Mundt, the creator of Molly Mutt (yes, that’s really her name), generously offered a doggie duvet and stuff sack to one lucky reader in the size and style of your choosing! So how do you win? Visit Molly Mutt’s website, then come back here and leave a comment telling me which size and style you would pick if you won. Do this by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, to enter.
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Molly Mutt has offered a discount exclusively for the readers of Green Your Decor. Use coupon code “greenyourdecor” and get 10% off your order! Exp. 8/14/09.