Archive for April, 2009

Contact Us page? Or an Engage with Us page?

I know there are a lot of business owners that read this blog – mostly because it’s written by one and we all sort of talk the same language.  And I also know there are a lot of customers and consumers out there that read this blog.  My Question is what do you  like to see from companies like this one that are looking to grow, and grow responsibly?  We’ve all hung up on salespeople, or at least tried to escape as quickly and politely as possible, so that doesn’t work.  But what does?  

What works for you from the point of view of a business owner?

How do you like to approach people, and how do you like to be approached?

What works for you as a customer.  How do you feel as though your needs are being met?

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Hooray!! Vancouver bans Bottled Water on City Property!!!

Well, the day’s finally come when the City of Vancouver bans bottled water in exchange for some of the best tasting tap water that’s in existance!!!

It took me forever to find the link to anything even vaguely resembling a Press Release on their site, so I’ll include a PDF of the minutes from the Meeting on April 23rd where this was resolved as well as a video:

Minutes: Bottled Water in Civic Facilities

Video: Runs 4 minutes

It’s going to take some time to get the bottles out, I suppose as they wait for contracts with supply companies to expire.  But it’s official, they’re on their way out!!!

Yay!

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Vancouver Aquarium April 25 and 26

Just reminding everyone that we will be at the Vancouver Aquraium collecting ewaste and giving away $10 off cards to people that donate their machines to the cause.

Aquraium homepage:

http://www.vanaqua.org/home/

And their page on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/VancouverAquarium

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Starbucks coffee Earth Day disconnect

Someone asked me yesterday (but it happens all the time), what makes us different?  Well, frankly the list is long and distinguished.  We use a car sharing company called www.ZipCar.com we do source separation on our sites, we use natural gas so as not to import fuel, we do waste audits so you can see the waste you generated and so on.  We do a lot.

But we do more than that.  We’re active in the city, on boards and we do research. For instance, I wrote Starbucks a letter today, and foolishly I hit send before copying and pasting it here, but essentially I said, “Tomorrow is Earth Day, but I don’t see a lot of commitment on your part even though you’re spending money advertising it like crazy these days…” and I went on.  I’m paraphrasing, but I’m not impressed.

starbucks-logoStarbucks has a page on their site called Shared Planet and their goal is to do wonderful things all over the world and all is made better by us drinking Starbucks and everything is candycanes and lollipops ooooo ahhhhhh.  A real coffee utopia.

BUT……

How come when I go to a Starbucks for a meeting I have to make a special note to tell my barista that this coffee is “for here”?  It strikes me that with the 7 words “Is this for here or to go?” might go an AWFULLY long way towards getting all those people sitting at all of those tables reading all of those free daily newspapers who happen to BE DRINKING OUT OF PAPER CUPS to not do that.  

You have to go to their “Goals” page to see that by 2015 they’d like 25% of their cups used in stores to be reusable.  Well, forgive my direct speech, but I think that’s pretty piss poor.

AND who’s holding them accountable for this one, “Derive 50% of the energy used in our company-owned stores from renewable sources by 2010”  That’s only 8 months away.  Does anyone have any news on how Starbucks is doing on that one?  I’d like to know.  I’ll publish it good or bad.

Does this irritate anyone else?  Seriously, 25% of their cups to be reusable?  That is going to take 6 years to accomplish?  I don’t accept that.  I don’t think you should either.

This is making me mad, and I need to go win some business off of renovators, and that’s hard to do mad but, I’m pretty steamed at these guys for the money they spend on advertising vs. the effort they exert to “make 25% of our cups used in stores reusable”.  It’s sickening.

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Earth Day Vancouver

So.  What is Earth Day?  When is it? What’s going on?

All good questions.  Especially because businesses and associations are getting in touch with us now to start planning out their events and to look for advice on collections.

Earth Day is the day that people all over the world set aside to contemplate what’s going on here on this planet and take stock of what they’re doing.  For some, they decide to eat an extra vegetarian meal a month or even a week.  To buy a worm composter, or to take the bus to work once or even twice a week.  All little things that make a difference personally, and things that can be stepping stones to communities, businesses and eventually governments doing more for the environment.

Earth Day is celebrated here in Vancovuer on April 18th this year.  It didn’t orginally start out on this day.  It was devised by a Mr. John McConnell in 1969 in California to be celebrated on the Vernal Equinox.  He chose this day at the end of March because there were equal parts night and day and, it was the moment of astronomical mid-spring in the northern hemisphere, and the astronomical mid-autum in the southern hemisphere.  “Responding to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 221970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries” (wikipedia: Earth Day)

There is a LOT going on here in Vancouver….  Here are just a couple I found on Google.  But rest assured, as the day gets closer, there will be plenty more.  I know the Vancouver Aquarium is planning on putting something together.  And last year we helped the Strathcona BIA do an e-waste recycling drive taking in 12 yards of computers, monitors, and televisions in just a 6 hour period.

http://www.evergreen.ca/earthdayvancouver/

http://www.shared-vision.com/events/apr-2007/earth-day-vancouver

If you or your association or business are looking for partners, then why not drop us a line?!  Now’s the time to do it because it is, after all Earth Day.  I’m certain we’ll be busy!

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Xbox E74 Error

As everyone knows, this is my blog.  And I like to play on my xBox 360.  Right now, my xbox is somewhere in Microsoft Never Never land because of it’s E74 error.

Here’s a link someone sent me today saying they’re extending the warranty and Microsoft will refund the repair bill!!!  I sure hope this is true, I’m phoning them tomorrow!!!!

http://news.digitaltrends.com/news-article/19715/microsoft-extends-xbox-360-warranties-over-e74-errors

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Vancouver Aquarium hosts Earth Weekend!!!

I wanted to let everyone know that we’re helping the Vancouver Aquarium with their Earth Weekend ewaste collection on April 25th and 26th!!  They’ve put up a website and there’s more info to follow about what you can bring in the coming days, but it’s going to be a GREAT event!!!

http://www.vanaqua.org/home/EarthWeekend2009.html

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