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    Frequently asked questions

    Take a look at our useful FAQs below and find the answers to those all important questions regarding BedKind.

     

    About BedKind

    What is BedKind?

    BedKind is animal bedding made from 2cm squares of new, dust-extracted cardboard.

    It provides a warm and dry bed for animals, and reduces the symptoms of respiratory disease in horses.

    Whilst BedKind is primarily used for horses, it can also be used for rabbits, rodents, reptiles, pheasants, chickens and other animals.

    BedKind is available in 20kg bags which are delivered on a pallet. Each pallet includes 20 bags and the minimum order is 1 pallet. 

    Why choose cardboard animal bedding?

    BedKind cardboard bedding has a number of benefits over some traditional bedding types. It’s dust-extracted and naturally less dusty than straw or wood, meaning it helps your horse breathe more easily. Cardboard bedding has been recommended by vets for alleviating symptoms of Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). These common respiratory diseases occur when horses are allergic to environmental dust allergens.

    Cardboard also has insulation properties and is highly absorbent so it’ll keep animals warm and dry. It’s 100% compostable so is environmentally responsible. It’s also cost-effective and easy to use, and unlike other materials such as straw, cardboard is available all year round.

    Visit our Benefits page for more information.

    How clean is the cardboard?

    The cardboard is high quality, clean, and has never been printed on, making it an ideal material to use for animal bedding. In order to minimise dust, our product is also dust-extracted before it’s bagged.

    How absorbent is our animal bedding?

    Cardboard bedding is proven to be more absorbent than wood shavings and straw. It has a high absorbency capacity, so it will reduce moisture levels, keeping animals dry and comfortable when they sleep.

    In addition, cardboard is less likely to lose its structure when it gets wet so it’s much easier to muck out of a stable.

    Absorbent horse bedding reduces ammonia build-up and odour, mould growth and the amount of bedding that needs replacing, making it a favourable bedding choice.

    Is BedKind eco-friendly?

    Cardboard is environmentally-friendly. It’s 100% compostable so it’s a perfect way to be kind to both your horse and the environment.

    BedKind breaks down quicker than wood or straw bedding because it contains less lignin – a material in plant cell walls that takes a long time to compost. Lignin is removed from wood when it is made into paper.

    To find out more about the benefits of composting BedKind, read our blog.

    Can BedKind only be used for horses?

    No. Whilst it is primarily used for horses, it can also be used for rabbits, rodents, reptiles, pheasants, chickens and other animals.

    Why is BedKind safer for horses with respiratory problems?

    BedKind is made from new, dust-extracted cardboard. That means that your horses live and sleep in an environment which is free from the dust that aggravates respiratory disease.

    Our dust-extracted bedding helps to reduce the risk of horses developing respiratory problems, and is beneficial to horses that already suffer from Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

    It also helps horses that have allergies, allowing them to breathe more easily. BedKind is made from 2cm squares of clean, cardboard, a material that’s noticeably less dusty than straw or wood shavings. In order to minimise dust, our product is also dust-extracted before it’s bagged.

    Order

    How do I order & pay for BedKind bedding?

    Ordering BedKind couldn’t be easier. Visit our Buy now page and select the amount of bedding you wish to purchase.

    Delivery is free within a 50 mile radius of our manufacturing plant, so you will be asked to enter your postcode to check if you are eligible for free delivery. If you are not, simply get in touch and we’ll confirm the delivery cost. Once you’ve done this, you can proceed with the online purchase via a credit or debit card.

    You can buy up to 16 pallets online, but if you’d like to order more than this, and would prefer not to use your card for large transactions, get in touch and we can discuss alternative payment options.

    Is there a minimum order required?

    The minimum order is 1 pallet. Each pallet includes 20 bags, and each bag weights 20kg.

    How many bags do I get in a pallet and how heavy are they?

    There are 20 bags on each pallet and each bag weights 20kg. There is a minimum order of 1 pallet.

    Our bags have been designed so they’re easy to grip, allowing you to lift them securely. We’ve also designed our pallets with ease of use in mind, ensuring bags are specially stacked to be accessible, so your bedding is easier to manage in the stable.

    Which payment methods are accepted in the online shop?

    We accept Visa and MasterCard payments. If you’d prefer not to use a card for large transactions, get in touch and we can discuss alternative payment options.

     

    Delivery

    How much is delivery?

    Delivery if free within 50 miles of our manufacturing plant in Blunham, Bedfordshire. You can use our postcode checker to find out if your address qualifies for free delivery.

    If it doesn’t, you can contact us and we’ll confirm the delivery cost.

    How long will delivery take?

    At present, due to popular demand, deliveries may take up to 14 days from the date you place your order. To help guarantee on time delivery we advise ordering in advance. The exact delivery date will be confirmed via email once your order is processed.

    If the delivery date is not suitable for you, simply get in touch at least 1 working day before the expected delivery date and we’ll reschedule it.

    Can my order be delivered if I have limited access at the delivery address?

    Our deliveries normally arrive on a rigid 26 tonne curtain sided lorry, which is 4m high, 11m long and 2.55m wide. Access to your property must be sufficiently wide, free from obstacles and reasonably level in order for us to deliver your order. If our lorry is too big to access your property, or if you think it’s likely to come into problems due to your location, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

    Can the pallets be stored outside?

    Yes. Our pallets are securely wrapped in plastic and covered with an additional plastic cover which protects the bags from adverse weather conditions.

    How many pallets can you deliver in one trip?

    We can deliver up to 13 pallets on our lorry in one trip. If you order more than 13 pallets, we will deliver them in two separate trips, and we’ll contact you prior to delivery to communicate a delivery date.

    Please bear in mind that if you live outside our free delivery radius (which is 50 miles from our manufacturing plant in Bedfordshire), you will be eligible to pay for your delivery. If you order more than 13 pallets, you will be charged for two deliveries. To find out if you live within the free delivery radius, please click here.

    How to Use

    How many bags of BedKind bedding will I need to set up my stable?

    The amount of BedKind bedding you’ll need to set up your stable will depend on a number of things including:

    o        the amount of time the living area is occupied

    o        the size of the stable

    o        the depth of bedding required

    o        the cleanliness of the animal

    o        how you like to keep your animal’s living space

    As a guide, a standard 12x12ft stable (3.65 x 3.65m) will require approximately 6 bags of bedding to setup from scratch. Once you've converted a stable to BedKind bedding, you shouldn't need to add any more bedding for the next week or so. After this period a typical stable will require about 1 to 2 bags of bedding every 5 to 7 days.

    How do I use BedKind?

    We have a step-by-step guide which explains how to make a comfortable bed for your horse. Visit our How to use page for further information and videos.

    Will my horse eat the bedding?

    Unlike straw, cardboard holds no nutritional value and is usually unpalatable to horses and other animals, so it’s highly unlikely your horse will eat the bedding.

    Can I use rubber matting with BedKind bedding?
    BedKind bedding works well with and without the rubber matting. If you prefer using the rubber matting you can continue using it. Although it is not essential to use the matting with BedKind bedding, it will reduce the amount of bedding material you will need for your stable.
    How do I dispose of BedKind after my horse has used it?

    The simplest and most environmentally-friendly way of disposing of your used bedding is to compost it.

    Our cardboard bedding is 100% compostable, breaking down fully in 8-12 weeks – much more quickly than other types of bedding. It’s a perfect way to be kind to both your horse and the environment.

    BedKind breaks down more quickly than wood or straw bedding because it contains less lignin – a material in plant cell walls that slows down composting, but which is removed from wood when it is made into paper. If you want to read more about the benefits of composting BedKind visit our blog.

     

     

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