Mark Patterson, CEO of Eco Lips, died in his home on Saturday, August 11, 2012, after a sudden and unexpected illness. Mark was well known within the local community and the natural products industry as a longtime supporter of an active organic lifestyle and shared his passion with others through his activism and deep-felt commitment to environmental initiatives.
Mark’s activism motivated him to organize a variety of events to create awareness of how human beings can live an increasingly conscious lifestyle. The Eco Lips Earth Day Bike Ride, held in Cedar Rapids for years, brought the community together through Mark’s leadership. In 2007, Mark helped plan and participated in the Organic Endurathon, an event consisting of 10 marathons in 10 days across the state of Iowa with a mission to promote organics and sustainability at the local level.
Mark is survived by his wife, Sarah, one son, Luke, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Lily, of Cedar Rapids. Because Mark was the sole provider to his wife and children, a memorial fund has been set up for Mark's children via the Eco Lips website at ecolips.com/mark to receive donations.
According to Steve Shriver, founder and former CEO of Eco Lips, “I have lost a close and important friend in my life and our company will miss his expertise, his delight of being and his powerful engagement while working and playing within the organic arena. I have assumed his duties as acting CEO until decisions can be made within the company for new leadership.”
Eco Lips manufactures the highest quality certified organic lip care products on the planet. In addition, the company offers private label and contracting manufacturing services with a wide variety of options. Eco Lips initiated Iowa’s largest solar power project which is powering the neighborhood in which Eco Lips is located. The company is a member of OTA and Green America. Products are available online and at health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, outdoor stores and other fine retail outlets.