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4 GPE New Product Winners to Be Featured at Impact Unleashed

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(Press Release) BOULDER, CO — The Pet Sustainability Coalition, dedicated to the acceleration of environmental and social sustainability in the pet industry, announced that it will be hosting four of this year’s Global Pet Expo’s New Product Showcase winners at Impact Unleashed. They are Himalayan Corp., Paw5, West Paw Design and Earth Animal.

Both Paw5 and West Paw Design were recognized within the Best in Show category for their products, Wooly Mat and Qwizle, respectively. Earth Animal won Best in Show within the Natural Category for its No Hide Dog Chews and Himalayan Corp. also won within the Natural category for its Ruff Bone.

Each company has demonstrated that adopting sustainable business practices and thus committing to continuous improvement drives innovation. These award-winning companies and their leaders will be sharing their business successes and challenges at Impact Unleashed, a two-day event hosted by PSC on May 4-5 in Denver.

Sujan Kumar Shrestha is CEO of his family’s fast-growing and community-minded Mukilteo business, Himalayan Dog Chew. The company provides 7,000 farmers in the Himalayas (Nepal) with extra income by purchasing their cheese to make healthy pet snacks.

Dennis O’Donnell is the co-founder of PAW5, a pet products brand focused on sustainably manufacturing new and enriching ways for people to feed their dogs. PAW5 products have been recognized extensively for their innovative design and environmental sustainability.

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Spencer Williams is the CEO and founder of WestPaw Design, which has grown into a world-class manufacturer of eco-friendly pet toys and beds for dogs and cats and demonstrated demonstrate that it’s possible to make business choices that are positive for both the environment and the bottom line. West Paw Design uses its manufacturing facility to create products out of recycled, recyclable, sustainable and organic materials.

Stephanie Volo recently joined the Earth Animal team as the vice president of brand and communication and is a founding board member of PSC. Earth Animal takes an integrative and holistic approach and its award-winning products are respectfully sourced from farms and produced with purpose in the U.S.

Other speakers at Impact Unleashed include Taylor Collins, co-founder of EPIC Provisions; Kim Coupons, director of B Lab Colorado; Jason Clay, senior vice president for food and markets at World Wild Life Fund; Chris Kerston, director of public outreach and events at The Savory Institute; Scott Miller, LEED AP director of business development at Sustainability Apparel Coaltion; Sarah Martinez, sustainability maven at Eco Products; Cynthia Scott, Dean Witter Foundation faculty in sustainable management, Presidio Graduate School; Rebecca Hamilton, vice president of research and development at W.S. Badger Co.; Logan Honeycutt, president and co-founder at BareItAll Petfoods; Tony de Vos, president and CEO at Cardinal Pet Care; Nilda Morack, director of product integrity at PetSmart; Daniel Cleland, manager of social responsibility at PetSmart; Sarah Stone, marketing director at WorldWise Inc.; and Kaison Tanabe, founder of Ento Bento.

Wondering how to catch the innovation bug? Attend Impact Unleashed to see what these and other sustainable companies are doing to strengthen their own businesses while move the pet industry forward. The event’s main objective is to generate a new wave of innovation within the pet industry that leads to a future where businesses, workers, global communities, natural resources and all industry stakeholders prosper. The event will showcase 16 influential leaders and game changers who will speak about their purpose, best practices, successes and challenges.

 

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