My name is Katarína and I come from Slovakia, for the past 8 years I have been living in Prague, Czech republic. 3 years ago a founded FUNKY DOG. The main symbol of support is the dog bow tie (you can notice in the logo). So far I have donated around 42 000 € to animals in need, especially dog shelters. 10% to 30% of each product sold is donated.
Since the philosophy of the brand is to help animals in need, I absolutely didnt want to make any products made of leather or any materials which are harmful to the plant or animals. Therefore I searched for the best solution and I fell in love with Piñatex.
The Piñatex collection is all done in Czech republic in a small shop with the passion for a great quality craftsmanship. We make 4 sizes of dog collars, 2 kinds of natural linen rope with Piñatex components and an elegant bag for treat and dog waste bags. And we have more products coming up – small accessories like the bow ties and also harnesses.
What are your core values as a sustainable / ethical / conscious brand, and when did you realise these were an important part of your practice?
I knew from the very beginning I wanted to help animals in need, because since a small kid I was a big animal lover. I was 100% convinced that starting my own business would also means being heavily involved in charity, pet adoption and animal rights awareness.
It just became natural to me that all animals are equal – dogs, cats, cows, pigs, wild animals…It is just us, people, who decide which animals get to live a respectful life and which don’t deserve any mercy. It is very sad. I became vegetarian immediately after I started my brand and it all became part of who I am and what decision I made every day. And as mentioned above, since the philosophy of the brand is to help animals in need, I absolutely didn’t want to make any products made of leather or any materials which are harmful to the plant or animals.
What’s your personal everyday sustainability hack?
All those small things that make a difference – carrying my own bottle water, refusing plastic single use products like cups, straws, bags in the shops etc. And also just spreading the awareness, opening people’s eyes, talking with friends and getting involved in discussions. Even a small change in a big step forward.