THE RISING DEMAND FOR NATURAL PET PRODUCTS

We’re a nation of pet owners. That’s what the 2020 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey found. 62% of Australians own a pet, with the majority of these, 72%, owning a dog. Other research from Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) has shown that the number of pet owners could now be as high as 69%. They estimate that more than one million additional dogs have taken up residence in Australian households since 2019. 

Along with these high and increasing numbers of pet ownership, research from IbisWorld revealed that expenditure on pets has increased over the last five years, specifically calling out human-grade pet food as a growth area. The AMA research referenced above found that dog owners have spent $20.5 billion on their pets in the last year. 

Another trend identified by the IbisWorld research is related to health and wellness with more and more pet owners adopting a holistic approach to their pet care. This is a sentiment echoed by Dr Edward Bassingthwaighte, a veterinarian of more than 20 years with a specialisation in holistic practices.

“The interest in holistic pet care is growing just as rapidly as it is in the human sector,” says Dr Bassingthwaighte. “People who take an interest in holistic care for themselves then naturally want to do that for their animals too.”

At Unique Health Products, we proudly stock a range of natural pet products and brands. We’ve included a selection of these products below to help you cater to the growing trend towards holistic pet care.

Plant-based pet food

PLANT-BASED PET FOOD

Food for dogs, not dog food. That’s the guiding principle behind the Rascals Treats brand. The plant-based range includes a Meal Topper and a selection of Dog Treats, each with a fun name and a nourishing list of ingredients.

The human-grade, wholefood products are also free from common allergens – wheat, nuts and grains.

The premium black packaging is also home compostable, adding to the appeal for customers looking to buy sustainable brands

Hemp Seed Oil Capsules With Turmeric by Essential Hemp may also fit the bill as a product that your customers can use for themselves and their pets. 

Dr Bassingthwaighte says that “turmeric is an awesome herbal medicine for dogs, particularly for older animals. Hemp seed oil also has some benefits such as omega fatty acids.”

Dog shampoo bars

DOG SHAMPOO BARS

With an established reputation as a leader in producing plastic-free Solid Bars, Ethique also has a range designed specifically for dogs. With two shampoos – Bow Wow Bar and Shampooch (for sensitive pups) – and the Pawfector Conditioner, the products are available in both mini and full sizes. 

With high-quality, natural ingredients such as tea tree, neem, oatmeal, coconut oil, flaxseed, cocoa butter and lemongrass, the Solid Bars are highly effective, plastic free, gentle and suitable for dogs and horses. The benefit of a Solid Bar when washing pets is that it removes the fuss of messing about with bottles, lids and pumps to make bath time that much easier.

The Australian Natural Soap Co also produces a Dog Shampoo Bar. Made with saponified rice bran oil, saponified coconut oil, saponified castor oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil, it leaves pooches with a soft and shiny coat. 

Compostable dog waste bags

COMPOSTABLE WASTE BAGS

The Biotuff Dog Waste Bags are an eco-friendly alternative to regular dog waste bags as they are both biodegradable and home compostable. The bags are made from GMO-free, renewable, plant-based material and are an environmentally-friendly alternative to divert organic waste from landfill. 

The bags are leakproof with superior puncture and heat resistance. They have a soft touch and come in packs of 60 bags (4 rolls with 15 bags each). There is a pack available with a dispenser for first time purchasers as well as refill packs for repeat buyers. 

Fun dog products

A NOD TO DOGS

For consumers who want to wear their love of dogs with pride, there are two animal-inspired Bamboo Sock styles from Funky Sock Co such as Mischievous Pugs and Sausage Dogs in Buns. Using designs from local artists, the socks make a statement while still being comfortable and breathable, as they are made with high-quality bamboo fibres. 

There are also two dog-inspired prints available in the Retrokitchen 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth range – Dogs as well as Dogs & Cats. The collection includes a nod to many other animals such as cats, fish, penguins and rabbits for animal-loving, eco-conscious consumers. 

STOCK UP ON NATURAL PET PRODUCTS

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock all of these natural pet products and hundreds more natural health, organic, fairtrade and eco-friendly brands in our online store. You can order online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have an account with us, register for a wholesale account today! 

SUSTAINABLE BRANDS ANSWER THE CONSUMER CALL

Regardless of generation or gender, the environment matters to consumers. 

In one study of 2000 Australians, the researchers found that the top three overall social and economic concerns for the respondents were plastic waste, toxic chemicals and our oceans. The same study also found that 56% of people are actively searching for sustainable brands and products that support causes or have environmentally friendly attributes. As many as 6 in 10 will pay more for said products. 

56% of people are actively searching for sustainable brands and products that support causes or have environmentally friendly attributes.

Equally, in another recent study on sustainability in Australia, 46% of people reported that they had stopped buying particular products due to their environmental and societal impact. 48% of people wear their choices with pride, believing that sustainable purchases are a statement of who they are and what they believe in. 

At Unique Health Products, we are proud to distribute products from a large range of sustainable brands that are leaders in providing choices to address the environmental concerns of consumers.

Sustainable brands using recycled packaging

RECYCLED PACKAGING

The statistics on plastic packaging are frightening. In Australia, one million tonnes of our annual plastic consumption is single-use plastic. And it’s not going unnoticed. 83% of people are concerned by plastic waste. 

Ethique is on a mission to #giveupthebottle and revolutionise the beauty industry. To date, Ethique’s solid bars have saved more than 10 million bottles from entering landfill. The commitment from this brand to being plastic free extends right across the business. Not only are the bars plastic free, but they also use compostable packaging.

Acure is another sustainable brand, already firmly committed to sustainable and natural products, now taking further steps by removing unnecessary outer box packaging. 

Similarly, household cleaning brand, Earthwise, has pledged that by 2025, 100% of their packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable. They are transparent on their progress and dedicated to making positive environmental change.

Sustainable brands that consider the full product life cycle

THE FULL PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE

The Australian Packaging Covenant has set a target for 100% of product packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. There are many brands that are going further than that to create products that not only use sustainable packaging, but the product itself is compostable. 

This approach of considering the full product life cycle caters to the growing consumer market that is concerned with their waste footprint.

PATCH is one such sustainable brand with their innovative, compostable Bandages. Not only are the PATCH Bandages made from 100% natural bamboo fibre with the added goodness of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil, but the Bandages, and their packaging, are also 100% compostable. The result is a product that is good for people and the planet. 

Using bio-plastics, the Biotuff range of Bin Liners, Kitchen Tidy Bags, Nappy Waste Bags, Disposable Gloves, Cling Wrap, Sandwich Bags and Dog Waste Bags are biodegradable and compostable. Plastic bags can take between 20 and 1000 years to decompose, not to mention the other environmental impacts they can have for our oceans and animals. 

Sustainable brands that make reusables

REUSABLES

According to Euromonitor, the Australian ‘throw-away’ culture is being replaced with an increased movement towards reusable and refillable containers and products. 

Ever Eco was an Australian pioneer as the first brand in the country to introduce Stainless Steel Drinking Straws. They have continued to lead the reusables industry and have since expanded their range to include a large number of reusables including Water Bottles, Clothes Pegs, Produce Bags, Kitchen Storage and more.

Also in the reusables market, Honeybee Wrap creates 100% organic cotton, eco alternatives to plastic wrap that can be reused time and time again. 

But it’s not just food and drink related products that are driving the reusables boom. The Hello Cup replaces pads and tampons as a reusable period product alternative. Made from medical grade thermoplastic elastomer, it can be used for years, helping to reduce the 45 billion single-use period products that end up in landfill each year. 

Sustainable brands that use sustainably sourced ingredients

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS

In one study conducted by IBM it was found that 73% of the research participants want more than simple sustainability claims from the brands they buy. They want details about sourcing and the traceability of products and ingredients. Of those people, 71% are willing to pay a premium for products that provide that information.

This is the kind of transparency that RXBAR was founded on. Not only does every RXBAR contain clean and responsibly-sourced ingredients, those ingredients are proudly visible, front and centre on the product packaging. 

The Ginger People are also steadfastly committed to sustainably sourced ingredients and have developed strong partnerships with their farmers to ensure this. By working with family farms around the world in locations such as Peru, China, Indonesia and Fiji, they create opportunities for the local people and follow bio-diverse farming practices. 

Ethical sourcing is also a principle that guides the production of Dr Organic Skincare and Hair Care. The natural and plant extracts are sourced from around the world to produce luxury products that don’t cost the earth.  

Sustainable brands with carbon neutral operations

CARBON NEUTRAL OPERATIONS

77% of consumers are concerned about climate change. They are looking for the brands they purchase to take positive action towards reducing their carbon footprint. 

CLIF is a leader in this space, having achieved their goal of carbon neutral business operations, operating on 100% green power for electricity at all CLIF facilities. Not only this, they also sustainably source their ingredients and they are committed to reaching a goal of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

Sustainable brands showing environmental innovation

ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION

There are also many sustainable brands that are identifying innovative ways to target environmental issues.

Take People4Ocean as an example. Their range of suncare products were designed by marine biologists to be not only reef safe but also target common skin concerns related to sun exposure. 

Another brand innovating for good is Natural Evolution. What started as an accidental discovery when Natural Evolution founder and second-generation banana farmer, Robert Watkins, drove over a hand of lady finger bananas has turned into a booming brand. Not only do Natural Evolution Banana Flour products have an array of health benefits, using the bananas to produce flour also helps with the issue of farmers discarding excess bananas that were unwanted by the supermarkets. 

CATER TO YOUR ECO CUSTOMERS WITH OUR SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

Whatever the environmental concerns of your customers, at Unique Health Products we have brands to cater to their needs. As a retailer you can make a statement about your sustainability goals and commitments by stocking your shelves with these innovative, eco-friendly brands. 

These sustainable brands and many more are available 24/7 in our online store, or alternatively you can call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.