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Healthy Pet Receives Prestigous 2015 Northwest Clean Air Agency's Platinum Award

Award based on company’s NWCAA compliance, an unwavering commitment to be wholly sustainable and achievements in carbon footprint reduction Ferndale, WA (February 1, 2016) Washington-based Healthy Pet, an innovative leader in wholly sustainable pet products, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA) Platinum Award for achieving the highest standards of air quality compliance and sustainability. “Our team is quite honored to receive this recognition of environmental stewardship. For 30 years we have implemented responsible business practices by focusing on green technologies and committing to green programs. We are unwavering in our pursuit of professional excellence and producing sustainable products that don’t compromise performance,” states Ted Mischaikov, CEO. “The NWCAA Platinum Award is testimony to our continued work in reducing our carbon footprint. I am very proud of the entire Healthy Pet organization for continuing to pioneer new ways to support a healthier planet.” The 2016 NWCAA Platinum Award was based on not only on Healthy Pet’s 3+ year rigorous compliance with NWCAA regulations, but also key achievements in being a wholly sustainable company, such as: Implementing a “Towards Zero Waste” recycling program Reducing inter-plant transfers and utilizing energy efficient modes of transportation resulting in less solids in our atmosphere Upgrading all lighting and fixtures with energy efficient LED technology Upgrading inefficient gas hot water heaters with energy efficient on-demand units and heat exchangers Reducing emissions by installing a low NOx gas burner, thereby eliminating over 5,600 lbs. of solids released into our atmosphere in just the past 2 years Shifting from LNG rolling stock to electric units Investing in new next-generation, efficient heavy equipment Implementing and enforcing “no idle” policies for trucks and equipment Adopting a zero emission Nissan Leaf as the official company vehicle Reducing waste hauls from 11x/year to less than 4x per year Implementing LEAN principals and systems to significantly reduce freight & logistics As a Gold Member and Advisory Board Member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), Healthy Pet supports active, happy, and natural pet product solutions, creating a more ecologically beneficial environment and an enriched relationship between pets and their family. Healthy Pet’s product offerings and leadership demonstrate an accelerated commitment to a growing consumer base seeking natural products from a range of brands that demonstrate a high level of corporate responsibility. For more information about Healthy Pet, its commitment to corporate excellence through sustainability, please visit www.Healthy-Pet.com. About the Northwest Clean Air AgencyThe Northwest Clean Air Agency is responsible for enforcing federal, state, and local air quality regulations in Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. In addition to permitting and regulating industrial sources of air pollution, the agency offers information and services related to asbestos, climate change, indoor air quality, outdoor burning, woodstoves, and fireplaces. More information about the agency is available at www.nwcleanair.org. 
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Healthy Pet® Partners With Unleashed By Petco® To Expand Its Unique Brand of ökocat™ Natural Cat Litters

New ökocat™ Featherweight natural litter available exclusively at unleashed by Petco® Ferndale, WA – (January 20, 2016) Continuing with the momentum of its wildly successful expansion of ökocat™ Natural Cat Litters, Healthy Pet is thrilled to partner with unleashed by Petco® to launch ökocat Featherweight Clumping Wood Litter, which will be sold exclusively at the 132 boutique chain of pet stores nationwide. unleashed prides itself in offering their consumers a handpicked selection of natural foods, treats, toys, travel gear and solutions, making it a perfect fit for ökocat™ Featherweight. Read more ökocat™ Featherweight Clumping Wood Litter will be the sixth formula in the ökocat™ natural litter family, which offers consumers the benefits of being all-natural and eco-friendly, while being extremely lightweight ( a trend that continues in popularity). Touting 500% absorbency rate, 7-day odor control, and being biodegradable as well as flushable, Featherweight is 70% lighter than clay litters, yet allows an 11lb. box to last up to 2 months. Made from sustainable wood and plant materials, this litter is not a watered down version of something else like other lightweights. Cats will love the soft texture and subtle natural scent that reminds them of the great outdoors. The texture is also similar to clay, making it easy to transition cats to a natural choice. Since its launch of the natural cat litter brand in 2014, ökocat has not only changed the look of cat litter, but has elevated performance expectations for naturals as well. ökocat is proudly sold in over 4,000 retail doors across North America and its natural, modern, and unique product offering is a welcome change to the U.S. natural cat litter market. “Healthy Pet is very proud to partner with unleashed to bring cat loving consumers a unique and innovative natural litter exclusive that offers exceptional performance. ökocat Featherweight addresses what’s important to the unleashed customer, and it’s sure to make a lot of cats happy as well,” states Jane Wasley, Brand Manager at Healthy Pet. Thoughtfully formulated in now 6 distinct varieties, ökocat™ continuously delivers premium quality all-natural litters to meet the needs of all cats and owners alike. •  ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter •  ökocat Natural Wood Long Hair Clumping Litter •  ökocat Natural Wood Pine Litter •  ökocat Natural Paper Dust-Free Litter
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Healthy Pet's ökocat™ super soft Natural Cat Litter Wins Pet Business' 2015 Industry Recognition Award

ökocat Recognized for Achievements in Performance, Sustainability and Innovation Ferndale, WA - (December 15, 2015) Healthy Pet® is excited to announce that its new ökocat™ super soft Natural Cat Litter was selected as a winner of the prestigious PET BUSINESS’ 2015 Editors' Industry Recognition Award, featured in the magazine’s December 2015 issue. To select each year’s winners, the leadership teams at Pet Business review hundreds of products and choose winners that reflect innovation, quality, creativity, originality, fill a need in the marketplace and make life better for cats and the people that love them. From its unique, progressive packaging design to its natural, sustainable and high performance benefits, ökocat believes that innovation in natural cat litter allows consumers to choose better options for their cats with a product that boasts 100% natural AND the high performance that is demanded. ökocat super soft is the newest addition to the line of 5 natural litters, offering a texture that is similar to clay and to make transitioning a cat to a natural choice easier than ever. ökocat super soft is also great for cats with sensitive paws. Like the other ökocat litters, this litter offers unmatched absorption, 7 day odor control, fabulous clumping, and is naturally lightweight. Recognized under the name of CAT’S BEST in Europe as the #1 natural litter, ökocat launched in the U.S. market in 2014, and is already proudly in over 4,000 retail doors across North America. ökocat offers a unique branding approach with a product that offers outstanding performance. It’s a natural, modern and progressive product line that is unique in the category and is revolutionizing the U.S natural cat litter market. “We are honored for ökocat to receive this award and be recognized within our industry in a very competitive category,” states Samuel Cohen, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Healthy Pet®. “Sustainability and innovation are incredibly important to who we are, and being recognized for producing a high performance, natural litter that our retail partners, the industry, as well as cats and their families are noticing is very gratifying. Healthy Pet will continue our relentless pursuit of excellence in our commitment to pets and our planet in order to live up to this Pet Business Industry Recognition Award.”
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ökocat® Natural Cat Litters are Now Available in 4,000+ Retail Doors Across North America


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Healthy Pet's Sustainable Solutions Featured in Pet Product News

Near Zero Waste, Near Zero Cost August 2015 issue of Pet Product News - With a 25-year history of repurposing natural fiber, Healthy Pet is no stranger to sustainable initiatives. Aware of the positive impact even the smallest programs can have on employee satisfaction, process efficiency and the financial health of the company, the Ferndale, Wash., company is looking to identify and develop new opportunities that capitalize on existing resources and have low barriers to entry. The most recent example of Healthy Pet’s ingenuity is the introduction of its Zero Waste Program on Earth Day. The company leveraged the expertise of Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, Wash., and the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition in Longmont, Colo., to explore how a zero-waste program could be implemented companywide in a timely and cost-efficient manner. As a result, they created a program in just a few months that took less than $1,000 to launch and will save the company potentially $10,000 a year with no impact to its manufacturing processes. At the core of Healthy Pet’s Zero Waste Program is the company’s determination to fully utilize all free recycling avenues: near zero waste at near zero cost. The program identified multiple waste streams that are now diverted from landfills, including compostable materials, metal recycling, broken pallets, cardboard boxes and more. With all of this material being redirected, the company is well on its way to emptying its trash dumpsters twice a year instead of twice a month. “We believe sustainability is an economic decision that benefits all aspects of our business,” said Karl Thomas, director of Healthy Pet. “It also allows us to have a positive impact on the environment, improve the bottom line and align our values more closely with those of our employees.” By Sarah Julian, this article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Pet Product News
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