Our Foundations

SPS’s founder, Nathan Harris, has a simple philosophy: develop and articulate a strong vision, develop unique world-class products, and provide unparalleled client service.

The vision for SPS is to build a diversified company focused on the new industrial revolution. As we see it, product stewardship is the basis of this revolution – responsibly maximizing the use and value of scarce resources to lessen the impact on the planet. Through procurement, design and production of materials that are inherently more valuable throughout the product lifecycle, closed loop manufacturing and innovative, yet practical, extended life applications become possible.

SPS offers services in both product stewardship strategy and nuts-and-bolts implementation. We help product companies responsibly manage production waste streams, unsold finished goods and used products by:
• finding the highest and best use for the materials
• developing the necessary de-engineering and recycling processes
• optimizing the materials to fit the needs of new applications, and
• developing markets that allow programs to scale faster.

SPS launched its first product, Sole Revolution, as an environmentally preferred infill solution for the synthetic turf market in 2010. Additional products developed by SPS to serve the equestrian sport, construction and high-tech markets now include a variety of recycled materials and specification options including rubber crumb, EVA sheets & pellets, and textile fibers of various densities & mixtures.

Before founding Sustainable Performance Solutions, Mr. Harris held executive leadership roles with both startups and Fortune 25 companies, including Fidelity Investments, Thomson Healthcare, and WebMD. He brings a strong track record in marketing, product strategy, business development, and client service, as well as deep experience managing strong brands in major categories. Mr. Harris holds a BS in Engineering Science from the University of Michigan as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Management. He lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Oregon.