Burnaby Board of Trade Pledge
Burnaby Board of Trade Pledge

Businesses Approach Their Sustainability Efforts Differently

For those just starting their sustainability journey it often starts with a person or a group of like-minded colleagues who are interested in doing something to lower their footprint. Typically they might start with an audit of their paper, water, energy, travel, waste use areas and strategize a plan to reduce their use. Or they might focus on one particular thing. For example, for BBOT Pledge Taker Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, it started with a single person wanting to recycle.

“When I first started we had a cardboard bin, nothing more. I couldn’t bring myself to throw even a scrap of paper in the garbage so I had a cardboard box that I filled and took home to empty,” says Ellen of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. “Now, 10 years later, we have the entire staff recycling more than just paper! Everything including plastics, cardboard, metal cans and paper is collected and taken to the Burnaby Depot almost once a week while Ink cartridges, pop bottles and compost go other places.”

Others such as ACT– Autism Community Training installed a vermicomposter for fruit, vegetable, coffee grounds, and tea leaf waste. And then there are those such as Computers for Schools, Eeko Courier, Hemlock Printers, Pacific Blue Cross, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and Ritchie Brothers who were ready to take the leap into the Climate Smart workshop which helps businesses measure and reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs.

Whether you’ve fully integrated sustainability into your business strategy or are just starting, drop us a line and let us know what you’re doing and why. We’d love to hear from you.

Visit allthingsorganic.com for more information on vermicomposting.

Share your sustainability story — contact Tessa Vanderkop tessa@bbot.ca

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