Small Businesses in New York, California and North Carolina Named 'Top Dogs.'

Three small green businesses offering green pet and animal products in New York, California and North Carolina, today were announced as the winners of Green America's "People & Planet Award." The winners of $5,000 prizes are: The Honest Kitchen in San Diego, CA and Front Yard Coop in Asheville, NC. The grand prize winner, Full Circle Seed, will receive $10,000 in recognition of having received the highest number of votes.

 

The People & Planet Award recognizes innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The winners were selected by the public during a month-long online voting period.

"When we talk about benefiting people and the planet, it's important not to forget how animals play a role," said Fran Teplitz, Green America's executive co-director. "Some business practices, including ones commonly used by the agriculture industry, put profits over corporate responsibility. Pet and animal products that are environmentally friendly and produced ethically are just as important today as ever."

The winning companies are:

Michael Amadori, founder of Full Circle Feed, said, "Full Circle Feed will use the funds to set up a more environmentally friendly production process and drying method. In particular, instead of using electricity or natural gas we plan to use waste heat or biogas generated from anaerobic digestion to bake our dog biscuits. This will greatly reduce our ecological footprint and give us the most sustainable dog treats on the market! We are very grateful to Green America for the recognition and being selected in the People & Planet award."

Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen, said, "It's a huge honor to have our commitments to sustainable and humane ingredient sourcing and other environmental efforts recognized in this way. We're working towards furthering our goals in these areas, including the integration of free-range eggs into our supply chain and increasing our usage of grass fed beef, as well as other initiatives for packaging reduction and recycling. We'll be using our prize to make a direct impact at our home office, by building a vegetable garden in our outdoor space and adding office kitchen composting facilities to help further reduce our environmental paw-print."

Peter Zander, founder of Front Yard Coop said, "Winning this award will especially help with new product initiatives as we continue to grow in our new home of North Carolina. The small homestead movement is particularly vigorous in the Asheville region, and we hope that the Front Yard Coop will be a helpful product for the new age homesteader. The front yard coop was created from equal parts passion, creativity, determination and experimentation. Follow your dreams and wherever possible live what you believe."

The theme for the next round of Green America's award will be announced in 2017.

The businesses that the public vote on are determined by public nominations and an expert panel of judges: Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Tess O'Brien, Clean Power Perks, Jennifer Snyder, Clif Bar; Erlene Howard, Collective Resource, Inc., Dale Luckwitz, Naturepedic;  Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley; Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; and Andrew Korfhage and Fran Teplitz, both of Green America.