My Promise to Make a Difference
In late 2010, at age 51, I sensed the proverbial strong desire to “make a difference.” with my life that could someway help others. I knew I wanted to use my creativity and compassion for “all things living” to do something that truly mattered. The only question was: “how?” And the answer that slowly began to emerge in response to that question started with a torn-up, ratty-looking drink coaster.
My two adored Yorkies, Willie and Sophie, were spoiled with every conceivable toy on the market, and yet these luxury toys continuously landed in the “will not play with” bin. Then one day I happened to throw a fabric drink coaster across the room, and the unexpected response from both of them was a clear: “PLAY TIME ON!”
This inadvertent drink coaster /fetch game became a daily ritual of great fun and exercise. However, even 5 lb Willie could tear them apart with ease. So, I thought, maybe I can design a similar version with safer, more durable and natural materials, and.... Voila! Eco-Fetcher was born. Not only did they play daily with it, it proved to be durable with the most “super-chewer” testers from 3lbs to 110lbs!! The requests from pet owners for more safe, quality made, truly NATURAL toys for their dogs and cats was overwhelming. So within 3 months Eco-Tugger, Eco-Mouser, Eco-Pouncer and Eco-Pouncer Mini became “part of the family.”
I now know that starting HONEST PET PRODUCTS had become the answer to that life-changing question: How do I make a difference?
HONEST PET PRODUCTS was born out of three basic, unrelenting, and uncompromising principles behind everything we do:
- To be True to our Pets
- To be True to our Planet
- To be True to our People
To be TRUE TO OUR PETS means that our toys and accessories are made from the most truly NATURAL, safe, and durable materials possible. Our products, for example, are even more natural than other “eco-friendly” products because they are not simply repackaged recycled plastics and synthetics called “eco-friendly”!
To be TRUE TO OUR PLANET means that our materials are used in their most truly NATURAL form to promote sustainability and carbon footprint reduction. We simply use the quality gifts that nature has to offer to heal the planet and provide us all safer lives.
To be TRUE TO OUR PEOPLE means we economically support and emotionally encourage hardworking people with cognitive and developmental disabilities who make our truly NATURAL hemp and wool toys in Green Bay, WI and Newfoundland Canada exclusively for HONEST PET PRODUCTS. Our 100% truly NATURAL wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families living without many basic needs. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills. In exchange, herders are protecting the endangered snow leopards that share their habits.
In fact, our pledge to be TRUE TO OUR PEOPLE has been our most important commitment, ongoing inspiration and deepest reward– both the giver and the gift behind HONEST PET PRODUCTS. It has led to the understanding of the durability of our products in more than one sense: Although the toys we offer your pets are more durable than you are likely to find anywhere else on the market, they also contribute to durable lives for the men and women who create them.
The first year following the birth of this company and the development of the dream behind it has been an exciting and rewarding adventure. While we created our first line of toys out of truly NATURAL hemp and wool, we have many natural, durable toys and accessories in development. This is just the beginning. We are sure that HONEST PET PRODUCTS will continue to be a favorite part of your pets’ collection and your safer environment.
It is my personal wish that you and your beloved pets share many hours of love, joy and natural fun.
Thank you all for whatever YOU may do to “make a difference” in our planet. If I can…so can YOU!
The following businesses and people have done their part in making a difference, as they have been instrumental in bringing HONEST PET PRODUCTS to life. Thank you all for re-kindling my belief in the goodness, honesty and the beauty of humanity!
Fire-Pixel [ website ]
Fabulous Website Design.
|Allegra Printing [ website ]
Design, Packaging, Print.
|ASPIRO [ website ]
Quality Manufacturing and community impact.
|Team Apparel [ website ]
Screen Printing and so much more.
|Snow Leopard Enterprises [ website ]
Fair Trade products and Snow Leopard Preservation Programs.
|SCORE Advisors [ website ]
Richard Roberts and Paul Carron
|University of WI Business Development Center [ website ]
Chuck Brys - Guidance, Direction and Inspiration.
Julie Smits - Thank you for the greatest gift…WILLIE & SOPHIE!!!!!!
|Jaclyn Wolff, Mark Wolff, John J Wolff Financial & Emotional Backers
For believing in me and my dream.
|Margaret Allie My Mother
Who taught by example and nourished my constant creative endeavors.
|Richard M Allie 1925-2004: My Father
the most creative, peaceful, honest soul I’ve ever known.
Mary Wolff, President, Honest Pet Products
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