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November 7, 2008

Eco-friendly business model paying off

West Paw Designs employee Tonya Tulibae sews a dog bed in the Bozeman factory. West Paw produces eco-friendly pet beds, toys and apparel.

Amanda Ricker
Bozeman Daily Chronicle - printed in the Spokesman Review Nov. 7, 2008
November 7, 2008

BOZEMAN – Bozeman-based West Paw Design's mission is to appeal to the human desire to reduce their carbon footprint by helping them cut their furry friends' carbon pawprint as well.

West Paw produces eco-friendly pet beds, toys and apparel. The "green" material employed by the company ranges from old cardboard Dole banana boxes, used to store and transfer materials during manufacturing, to soy-based ink and corn-based plastic on the merchandise tags.

And the eco-strategy is working. West Paw Design employs 40 people, twice as many as 10 years ago, said owner and President Spencer Williams. The company ships 10 percent of its products overseas; sales in Montana represent just 1 percent. Learn more...

October 26, 2008

Montana fiberboard plant taps power of bacteria

Exhaust from Plum Creek Timber Co.'s new biofilter is released from two stacks. The Columbia Falls, Mont., plant's filter uses trillions of microscopic bacteria that clean the air of chemicals released during the manufacturing process; the exhaust is 98 percent clean. Associated Press (Associated Press ) Learn more...

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