West Paw Design receives 2008 EcoStar Award

Posted June 04, 2009


EcoStar pollution prevention winners from across Montana were recognized by Gov. Brian Schweitzer Nov. 17

from MSU News Service

HELENA -- In an increasingly challenging economic and environmental time, the importance of creating sustainable communities is more pressing than ever. At a Nov. 17 ceremony, Gov. Brian Schweitzer honored 2008 EcoStar award winners from a dozen communities around Montana.


Kathleen Johnson, COO (left) of West Paw Design stands with Gov. Brian Schweitzter (middle) and Spencer Williams, CEO(right).

Kathleen Johnson, COO (left) of West Paw Design stands
with Gov. Brian Schweitzter (middle) and Spencer Williams, CEO(right).


The EcoStar Award recognizes Montana businesses and organizations that are helping create more environmentally and economically sustainable communities by surpassing state and federal requirements to reduce solid and hazardous waste generation, conserving valuable resources such as water, energy and clean air, and serving as role models by their pollution prevention efforts.

"Montana's first people lived to conserve and sustain their lands for seven generations beyond their own," Schweitzer said. "We are a middle generation faced with an unsustainable energy system and an unsustainable food system. Each and every one of you EcoStar recipients are working to challenge and change those systems. Let's join together to conserve and sustain for generations to come."

EcoStar, now in its ninth year, provides organizations with the EcoStar designation based on the applicant's commitment to waste reduction, environmental benefits they have achieved, amount of waste they prevented and the innovation shown in their waste-reduction activities.

The 2008 EcoStar award winners included organizations from Belgrade, Billings, Boulder, Bozeman, Choteau, Columbia Falls, Ennis, Harrison, Kalispell, Livingston, Missoula and Red Lodge. The 25 winners are comprised of a diverse group including everything from hospitals to farmers/ranchers, builders, a ski resort, a pet product company and a liquid herbicide formulator.


"This is an opportunity for us to come together and recognize one another's efforts and provide well-deserved gratitude to Montanans who are leading their communities and working to preserve and protect our environmental resources," said Jenny Grossenbacher, Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Housing Coordinator for Extension at MSU.

To nominate one or more businesses, groups or individuals for the 2009 EcoStar program contact Jenny Grossenbacher at 406-994-4292 or e-mail jenniferg@montana.edu. More information, including past winners and applications, can be found online at: http://www.mtp2.org/ecostar.html.



West Paw Design creates pet toys and apparel that provides the best for pets while balancing what is right for the environment. They utilize sustainable materials in their diverse line of over 150 Montana made products that are sold world-wide. Starting with waste reduction programs for manufacturing and certified organic catnip in 1996, West Paw Design has increased their innovation over the last dozen years. They have introduced recyclable pet toys, utilized organic and recycled fill cotton in beds and reclaimed cotton in apparel. The company has even saved over 638 tons of plastic from going to landfills.

Learn more - How is West Paw Design Eco Friendly



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