Gordon Wear's dog leash has a padded handle made from foam that is tear resistant and resistant to mold, bacteria, etc. It is fairly stiff which helps the handle keep its shape. Most important, this type of foam is allowed to be used for food storage, so it is safe for your pet and for you. Learn about the benefits of padded handle dog leashes. The foam that is used for the handle is called Polypropelene, which is known as a non-toxic foam that is approved for use for food packaging and containers. We chose this foam because it won't harm your dog if they happen to get their paws... or jaws on the leash.