Wearable dog technology has been available to pets for a while now, and although it works great, it isn’t terribly fashionable and doesn’t usually come in an eco-friendly form. Fortunately for dog owners, now their pets can sport the latest technology and still give back to the environment, all while looking stylish.
Thanks to the ALU Smart Collar by MEMAPets, dog owners now have a wider variety of options to choose from when shopping for a technologically advanced collar.
The name ALU comes from aluminum, the material that MEMAPets decided to use when making the hardware for their collars. They chose it because of its unbeatable strength to weight ratio and the fact that it is 100 percent recyclable. Aluminum offers these two valuable traits without sacrificing any quality.
The buckle on the collar is custom made out of two solid pieces of aircraft grade aluminum. It has been chamfered and glass bead blasted. The buckles are finished with a variety of plating finishes including clear anodized plating, hard clear anodized plating, and pink anodized plating. The buckle comes together with the help of rare earth magnets.
MEMAPets takes the collar to the next level with the use of NFC technology. They embed an NFC tag into every collar, so you can be contacted easily if your dog is ever lost. It is waterproof, flexible, and can record up to 132 characters. All parts of the collar are manufactured in their shop in Richmond, California. They buy everything locally except for the cork they use, which is imported from Portugal.
The collars are made of cork because it is a natural, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable resource. It also naturally repels mosquitos, is waterproof, and resists fire. According to the company, the cork is only extracted from each tree once every 9 years and the method used is 100% safe for the tree. The tree is not cut and its surface doesn’t suffer any kind of damage.
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MEMAPets also uses hemp webbing because it is one of the most durable natural textile fibers and products made with hemp typically outlast products that are man-made by many years. It also holds its shape well and stretches less than any other natural fiber. Hemp is also naturally resistant to ultraviolet light and mold.
A heavy UV-bonded polyester thread is used to make these dog collars as well, due to its ability to resist UV sunlight, aging, abrasions, and mildew. Normally this kind of thread is used in moist areas and outdoors, like to sew awnings, the upholstery in convertible cars and the canvas sails of sailboats.
The company has also recently released a leather version of the collar. It has all the same aluminum features and the signature NFC tag, but it a little more fashion forward. MEMAPets ALU collars can only be purchased directly from the company’s website.