Peri Drysdale MBE is a successful international businesswoman and entrepreneur passionate about environmental sustainability.
In 1981, she founded Snowy Peak, designing and producing high quality innovative luxury knitwear, which she exported worldwide.
In the 1990s, she pioneered the development of possum fibre and wool and launched Merinomink. Concerned about the environmental degradation she was witnessing as she traveled the world, Peri later founded the sustainably lifestyle fashion brand Untouched World. Under Peri’s leadership, Untouched World has won a host of global awards and became the first fashion company in the world to be given permission to carry the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
The Untouched World Charitable Trust, funded by profits from sales of Untouched World, is meanwhile on a mission to play a leading role in the creation of a world where each individual’s full potential is realised while assisting the planet to sustain its ability to support current and future generations.
Peri has received wide recognition for her work ranging from being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1992, to North and South Magazine’s New Zealander of the Year 2006, to being awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Lincoln University in 2007.