Planet-friendly production: Earning your trust

Posted February 20, 2014

From constructing our eco-friendly, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility here in Bozeman, Montana, to creating near-zero-waste dog and cat toys, West Paw Design takes our commitment to the environment very seriously. And we know you do, too. We hear every day how proud you guys are of being discerning consumers of the greenest dog and cat toys, beds and apparel possible. We know that when you buy our products, you’re voting for the Earth with your dollars. Here’s a glimpse into what West Paw Design does to earn our green credentials — and your trust:

Our Materials

  • IIntelliLoft®our exclusive super-soft fabric and fiber fill used in our beds and stuffed toys, has diverted 8.2 million plastic bottles from landfills so far.
  • A renewable resource that actively kills odor-causing bacteria, hemp is one of nature’s strongest fibers and is grown without pesticides, agricultural chemicals or irrigation systems.
  • We offer organic cotton Bumper Beds® for those who want both their pet and themselves to sleep easier. We also use organic catnip in our cat toys. Why? Organic agriculture protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply.
  • Finally, our Zogoflex® toys are made from BPA and phthalate-free material that’s FDA-compliant (meaning dogs can mouth the heck out of it). What’s more, we encourage customers to send their dog tired toy back to us as every toy is washed and then recycled into a new toy.

 Our Practices

Our manufacturing practices use earth-friendly-materials while minimizing waste (currently as low as 2.4%)! In addition to reusing and recycling Zogoflex toys, we use scrap fabric to create new products such as our Reknitz® dog sweaters and recently-released Big Sky Toys (made from cuts of our Big Sky Blankets!).

Our Packaging

The proof is in the packaging, which is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. We also use soy-based ink and post-consumer/post-manufacturing plastic.   

Our Building

In 2001, we constructed our state-of-the-art facility using the latest developments in energy-efficient design. When we needed to expand our building, the original 20’ back walls of the building were moved and reused, reclaiming 175 tons of concrete!

Have other ideas for eco-friendly manufacturing practices that you’ve used or seen? Let us know in the comments section below. We’re always looking to be greener and would love for you to be a part of it!

Paws up!

The WPD Team

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