Choosing the right material: Why BioThane® dog & cat gear stands out

As a strong, durable, waterproof, non-toxic and comfortable material that offers numerous customisation options, learn why BioThane® stands out as the ideal material for dog & cat gear.

At Led & Collared®, we are not just a pet gear company; we are passionate pet owners who believe in treating our animals as family. Our small homegrown New Zealand company takes pride in supporting the local community, which is why we donate one dollar for every collar sold to St John Therapy Pets. We understand the importance of providing pets with the best possible gear, which is why our products are customised, personalised, and handcrafted from premium materials like BioThane®. In this blog post, we'll delve into the advantages of choosing BioThane dog & cat gear and why it stands out as the ideal material for collars, leads, and harnesses.

What is BioThane®?

BioThane is a revolutionary material that has taken the pet gear industry by storm. Made in the USA, BioThane is a synthetic webbing coated with a protective polymer making it exceptionally strong, durable, flexible, non-toxic, waterproof and stink-proof. Below are the key advantages of BioThane dog & cat gear. Find out more on our product specifications page.

The advantages of BioThane dog & cat gear

Durability and longevity: BioThane's strength and resilience make it ideal for active dogs and pets that love to explore the great outdoors. Its high break-strength ensures that even the most powerful pullers won't compromise the integrity of BioThane gear. Whether your furry friend enjoys hiking, running, hunting or playing in the water, you can trust that BioThane dog & cat collars, leads, and harnesses will last the distance. Additionally, BioThane's UV resistance sets it apart from conventional materials. Exposure to sunlight won't cause it to fade, tear, crumble, or peel over time. This means that even after countless hours under the sun and outdoors, your pet's BioThane gear will maintain its vibrant colour and like-new appearance.

Waterproof and easy-to-clean: One of BioThane's standout features is its complete waterproof nature, preventing moisture from being absorbed into the material. This offers a range of benefits. First, the absence of moisture prevents the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew, which avoids the associated stink of ‘wet dog’ (unlike traditional materials like leather and nylon, which remain wet and dirty for long periods of time). Second, the waterproof nature of BioThane makes cleaning a breeze – a quick wipe down with a damp cloth or a rinse with warm soapy water is all it takes to maintain the gear's cleanliness and appearance, saving you time and effort. Third, after enjoying outdoor adventures, your pet won’t have to suffer the discomfort of wearing a soggy and stinky collar or harness for hours on end.

Comfort and safety: Pets deserve the utmost comfort, especially when wearing gear all day. BioThane's soft and pliable nature ensures that it melds comfortably around your pet's neck and body. This level of flexibility allows for a snug yet gentle fit, minimising the risk of chafing or discomfort during walks and playtime. Further, the smooth and soft finish of BioThane avoids the risk of pain or discomfort caused by your pet’s fur getting caught or stuck in their collar or harness.

Non-toxic and allergy-free: As pet owners, we understand the importance of using materials that won't cause any harm to our beloved fur children. BioThane is a non-toxic material, free from harmful chemicals that may trigger allergic reactions in sensitive pets. Additionally (and as mentioned previously), because BioThane doesn’t absorb water, it prevents the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew that can also lead to skin irritation.

Vibrant colour options: BioThane offers a stunning array of vibrant colour choices that surpass those available in other materials, such as leather. Whether you prefer bold and eye-catching hues or elegant and sophisticated tones, BioThane has the perfect colour to match your pet's personality and your own sense of style. And since the material is UV and fade-resistant, the colours retain their brilliance over time.

Customisation and personalisation options with BioThane

At Led & Collared, we take pride in offering our customers a range of customisation and personalisation options for BioThane gear. We offer a wide range of colours and the option to personalise many of our collars, leads and harnesses. Personalised gear fosters a stronger emotional connection between humans and their animals, turning ordinary gear into treasured keepsakes. Whether you're looking for custom dog collars with your pet's name or a personalised cat collar with a stylish design, BioThane offers many possibilities.

Eco-friendly benefits of BioThane

At Led & Collared, we are committed to sustainability and minimising our environmental impact. BioThane's eco-friendly attributes align perfectly with our values. As a synthetic material, BioThane reduces the need for animal-derived products like leather, making it a cruelty-free alternative. Additionally, its durability ensures that pet owners won't need to replace gear frequently, further reducing waste. By choosing BioThane gear, you're not only investing in top-notch gear for your pet but also contributing to a more sustainable future.


Choosing the right material for your pet's gear is essential for their comfort, safety, and style. As a strong, durable, waterproof & stink-proof, non-toxic and comfortable material that offers both customisation and personalisation options, BioThane stands out as the ultimate choice for dog & cat collars, leads, and harnesses. At Led & Collared, we take pride in offering premium-quality, customised BioThane gear that is handcrafted in New Zealand with love and care. Explore our selection of BioThane pet gear today and treat your furry companion to the best in comfort and style.

- August 2023

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