Vision

The Pet Sustainability Coalition strives to be the leading organization for sustainable advancement in the pet industry. We promote creative collaboration throughout the pet industry that prioritizes business minded solutions for sincere environmental improvement.

Mission

We accelerate environmental and social sustainability in the pet industry through education, implementation tools, and collaboration.

Core Values

Transparency: As a nonprofit we operate with transparency to our members and to the public so that they can hold us accountable for what we do and how we do it.

Collaboration: We value inclusive collaboration with manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, brands and retailers that leverages existing sustainability knowledge and experience as well as innovating solutions for sustainability issues facing the pet industry.

Authenticity:
We know that sincere sustainability means more than marketing and quick wins; we promote continual sustainable improvement that directly reduces the impact of pet products on the global environment and communities.

Implementation Focused: We value genuine sustainability improvement that favors implementation and action-oriented participation by member companies.

Our Advisory Board

PSC relies on the strategic direction of its Advisory Board Members who meet on a bi-monthly basis to hear member feedback, provide guidance, set performance metrics, and ensure the organization maintains credible progress toward its mission. Please feel free to reach out to any of the Board members below any time.

Chris Bentley

Chris Bentley

CEO, Good Energy Guild

Aaron Lamstein

Aaron Lamstein

Board Member and Founder, Worldwise, Inc.

Stephanie Volo

Stephanie Volo

Partner, Planet Dog

Spencer Williams

Spencer Williams

President, West Paw Design

Marty Grosjean

Marty Grosjean

CEO, Only Natural Pet

Craig Rexford

Craig Rexford

Publisher, pets+

Sarah Julian

Sarah Julian

Owner, OffLeash Communications

Ted Mischaikov

Ted Mischaikov

President & CEO, Healthy Pet

Our Leadership Team

The internal team at PSC devotes their time and energy to drive our mission forward by engaging with our community, communicating our goals, ensuring the tools and resources our members need to succeed are of the highest caliber and aiming to change the pet industry for the better through real sustainable change.

Caitlyn Bolton

Caitlyn Bolton

Executive Director

Karta Elise Hassler

Karta Elise Hassler

Sustainability Implementation Manager

Aubrey McCormick

Aubrey McCormick

Strategic Partner

As an accelerator, PSC relies heavily on our world renowned partners to educate, inspire, and accelerate our members on their journey toward sustainability. PSC Membership includes project implementation credits that can be applied toward work with these partners. Learn more about our partners below and contact us to explore project ideas.

Natural Capitalism Solutions

Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) is a 501©3 that works with Companies, Communities, and Countries to implement genuine sustainability more profitably. Scaling sustainability to change the way business is done worldwide is no small challenge and we cannot do it alone. Companies NCS has consulted with include: Unilever, RedBull, New Belgium, Chipotle, Kashi, and Cheesecake Factory. PSC Members can access NCS’s expertise regarding the business case for sustainability and how to strategically integrate sustainability into their business.

Outdoor Industry Association

Today, OIA is the leading trade association and voice of the outdoor recreation industry, serving more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers.

B-Corp

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B-Corp built the PSC Quick Impact Assessment that has helped to unify the industry around a common set of sustainability metrics. PSC Members can access their regional networks of businesses working as a force for good, attend webinars, and navigate B-Corp Certification.

LoveAnimals.org

LoveAnimals.org is a progressive nonprofit crowdfunding website that helps animal nonprofits throughout America connect with donors to raise money for critically needed projects. PSC Members can use this platform to execute crowdfunding campaigns with animal focused nonprofit partners.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainable production. PSC members can work with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to review the environmental impact of their materials collaborate with other hard-goods manufacturers and brands to impact industry wide improvements.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition® is an industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, they endeavor to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials. PSC Members can work with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to assess packaging opportunities that reduce their environmental footprint.

PetAge Magazine

Pet Age is a business to business media brand that covers the pet industry in print, online and through social media.  Our mission is to serve the pet retail industry by delivering timely and practical information about the products, trends and events that impact retailers, groomers, manufacturers and other related businesses.  We support the Pet Sustainability Coalition and offer our media platforms to members to discuss sustainability issues.

OffLeash Communications

OffLeash Communications is a strategic branding and marketing agency dedicated to the pet products and services industry. With industry-specific expertise, they provide effective business solutions and seamless support to ensure their clients a unique market presence supported by a robust, powerful and measurable marketing strategy.

I’ve been passionate about the environment my entire life. It’s time to apply my passion and 23 years of experience in the pet business toward facilitating sustainable progress in the pet industry and protecting the resources our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren deserve.

Chris BentleyVP of Sales & Sustainability, I and Love and You

As one of the first Founding Members of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, The KONG Company understands that positive sustainable change requires business leaders from within the industry investing to make this vision a reality. Our iconic KONG rubber toy has been made in the USA from sustainable natural rubber for more than 36 years now. We’re proud, that as a company, we are committed to the overall well-being of our customers, our employees, their pets and the environment in which we all live and work.

KD FruehPresident, KONG Company

Sustainability drives a business’ profitability but more often than not organizations are scared to embrace what they see as a complex undertaking. We are very excited to be part of a coalition that will help educate organizations in the pet industry and bring them all the resources they need to create and implement a sustainability program.

Toby RussellCEO, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Several years ago the employees of our company created and endorsed the phrase “Devoted to Pets, People & the Planet” as our motto. The care and protection of our planet is essential if we want our children and our pets to enjoy this beautiful world in the future. We support The Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition for bringing together other companies that uphold the same goals we embrace and for charting a roadmap of working together toward sustainability.

Tony de VosCEO, Cardinal Laboratories, Inc.

As the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group continues to advocate for convergence around tools, we are looking forward to providing the pet products industry with guidance around how it might utilize the Higg Index framework to benchmark and measure the sustainability of its products, brands, and manufacturing facilities. We look forward to collaborating with the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition on this effort.

Beth JensenDirector of Sustainability, Outdoor Industry Association

Planet Dog is thrilled to be a Founding Member of the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition. Planet Dog has been thinking globally and acting doggedly since 1997, and we remain committed to the notion that our values bring us our value. We embrace the efforts of the Coalition to extend these values and commitment to the entire pet industry. We look forward to a productive and successful collaboration with other leaders in the industry to put Sustainability at the forefront of the pet industry, which will strengthen the industry as a whole while protecting our most valuable resource, our planet.

Stephanie VoloChief Retail Officer & Partner, Planet Dog

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