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If you’re looking for a durable, good-looking leash for your dog that’s made of recycled materials and is made not just in the USA, but in Seattle by a family-owned business, I’ve found the leash for you: Krebs Recycle Climbing Rope Leashes.
This leash is made from pre- and post-consumer climbing rope, but it isn’t recycled in the traditional sense where something (like paper) is broken down and then remade.
Krebs simply takes climbing rope that would end up in landfills – pieces that are too small or rope that has been retired – and makes it into leashes.
I didn’t realize that climbing rope needs to be retired regularly for safety reasons after several months in a gym or a season of climbing with guide services, and with the increasing popularity of climbing, Krebs is keeping a lot of rope out of landfills.
During its production process Krebs does end up with some pieces of rope that can’t be used, but instead of tossing them away, Krebs sends them to a secondary recycler that can re-process the rope for commercial uses such as furniture stuffing.
The company also takes recycled Cordura cloth from Tom Bihn, a Seattle baggage manufacturer to bind the loops on each end of its leashes.
Krebs uses industrial-strength stitching done inspired by safety rescue equipment and claims that its stitching has never failed. Krebs developed the leash when their chocolate lab Reggie was a puppy. Their first leash was a piece of climbing rope with a hook on one end and a handle on the other.
Krebs makes four leashes in the garage of their family home in Seattle:
- The 1-foot Training Leash – $15.95
- The 2-foot Heeler Leash – $16.95
- The 4-foot Ruby Leash – $18.50
- The 6-foot Reggie Leash – $19.50
We have 3 leashes from Krebs, and they are definitely the toughest, well-constructed leashes I’ve ever seen. This isn’t surprising since no one makes weak climbing rope (no one that wants to stay in business, anyway).
I imagine our Krebs leashes will last for many years.
Buying a Krebs leash is a win-win-win-win. You get a great product, made in Seattle, by a family business, that preaches and practices environmental sustainability.
More importantly, the colors are really cool.