Design: The Sky Scratcher: Chicago
Materials: Recycled Cardboard, Bamboo Plywood, Catnip
Pitch: "The Sky Scratcher: Chicago is an aesthetically pleasing, eco-friendly cat scratching post that both you and your cats will love. Using cardboard (which is inherently recycled in its manufacturing process) and bamboo plywood (the most Eco-friendly, green, self-regenerating wood products on the market) to construct The Sky Scratcher means your mind will be at ease because you know your cat(s) will be scratching till their little hearts are content in a healthy, eco-friendly manner."
"We also do not use any glues or adhesives in the assembly of The Sky Scratcher, so this will allow replacement 'floors' to be ordered and exchanged for destroyed sections of your Sky Scratcher. The center post runs the length of the building and uses only a snug fit and gravity to keep them in place. And because the design is inspired by the iconic Chicago Skyline, your home's modern decor will not be tarnished for your cat's enjoyment. The Sky Scratcher: Chicago is just the first installation in The Sky Scratcher line. Our goal is to launch a new city each holiday season, with New York City coming Holiday 2012."
Designer: Mike Estes
Link: The Sky Scratcher
Location: Portland, Oregon
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