If you have heard of Dog Patch SF, you’re probably thinking of the small, industrial, (one-word) neighborhood east of Potrero Hill. What you may not have heard of is the small, eco-friendly, (three-word) store that specializes in “making high-quality, eco-friendly products that benefit our pets while donating to a variety of animal rescues from San Francisco to Boston.” The idea for the company originated in 2009, when founder, Ryan Dempsey, began making personalized goods and accessories for his rescue dog.
Today, Dog Patch SF has grown into an incredibly charitable resource for rescue centers across the United States – and stretching, to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Dog Patch SF’s most recent recycling project is called Ropes for Rescues. They have engaged with the outdoorsy community in enlisting rock climbers, arborists and fishermen to donate their unwanted climbing ropes, tree rope and nautical line.
After collection, the ropes are washed, refurbished and upcycled into dog leashes! Each rope that is donated yields several leashes; 20% of which are donated to a rescue center of the original owner’s choice. Find a variety of these unique leashes on Dog Patch SF’s EcoHabitude store here!
Phoebe is from San Francisco, California and has lived in Manhattan for a year. She is studying Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design, in her second year of their Bachelor of Business Administration program. When she’s not working on EcoHabitude’s blog or social media platforms, she loves to explore New York City rooftops, upcycle her clothes and learn new languages.
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