As part of my journey to try and lead a more ethical life, I knew I wanted to find more ethical accessories for Ember, which is where Koko Collective comes in, a small business who create ethical, vegan dog collars and leads. All their dog collars and leads are made with recycled materials including bicycle inner tubes, an alternative for leather that is vegan-friendly, as well as second-hand fabric from local sari makers in India, where the accessories are made.
Koko Collective’s products are made by 10 artisans who are part of the charity Calcutta Rescue. Each team member is in charge of different processes in the production and quality control checks are made after each process, so you can be sure the products are made to the highest quality possible.
As a certified Fair Trade Company, Calcutta Rescue ensures their employees receive a fair wage and access to free healthcare, while their families also receive access to education. You can find out more about their artisans here.
When I first saw the Anaya collar on their website I couldn’t resist the colours and thought it would be perfect for summer. It turned out to be even more beautiful in person and the quality and care put into the creation of this collar is so clear to see and feel. The collar arrived in a recyclable cardboard envelope and their branding is spot on with their whole company.
The collar itself fits Ember perfectly and the buckled feature ensures the collar fits comfortably for Ember. The pattern of the fabric is beautiful and so unique and the whole collar feels sturdy but also soft and comfortable and I have no worries about Ember slipping her collar (an old habit of hers).