What do dogs and bees have in common? A company called Project Hive Pet Company. Based out of Minneapolis, the mission-driven business makes dog toys and treats that directly contribute to rebuilding bee habitat. 

A line of dog toys and treat bags with the words "Woof-worthy god toys and treats that help save the bees."

Project Hive has a clear goal: support efforts that support bees. Understanding that bees directly contribute to around one-third of food production in America, owners and spouses Melissa Rappaport Schifman and Jim Schifman felt an unrelenting draw to help these crucially essential animals rebuild their numbers.

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Bags of dog treats and toys, from left to right, dark blue, light blue, light green, dark green and red bags

As a result, 1% of all gross sales is donated to the non-profit The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund, which works to restore natural wildflower habitat in fields and along roadsides. The company’s goal is to establish more than 1,000 acres of healthy wildflower habitat within five years.

A light green bag with dog treats scattered around it on a blue background

The dogs also benefit, with thoughtfully designed dog products that are made in the U.S`. The interactive toys keep pets entertained and active. They are BPA-free, dishwasher safe and non-toxic. Although made of plastic, the toys are intended to have a long life span by floating on water and being designed with durability in mind.

Two pink dog treat bags with a blue square above it

The company uses number seven plastic in hopes the toys can be recycled in your area. But if not, you can send them back to the company where they will be broken down and reused in future dog toys.  

A dog with a yellow treat in its mouth

Project Hive treats are also made with your pet in mind. They are non-GMO Project Verified, vegetarian, made with organic honey and ground peanuts, have no artificial flavors or colors and do not contain corn, wheat or soy. The goal is not only to provide a healthy treat, but to avoid animal products that harm the environment during raising.

A dark blue Hive Chew bag against a teal background

Project Hive Pet Company is a Public Benefit Company and a member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition dedicated to using business as a force for good. It’s currently working toward Climate Neutral and B-Corporation Certifications.

A dog holding a yellow stick in its mouth against a pink background

“Here at Project Hive Pet Company, we like to say: Let’s make our planet thrive – one happy dog and countless bees at a time,” said co-founder Jim Schifman.

+ Project Hive Pet Company

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