Education Meets Innovation in Environmental Sustainability

Education Meets Innovation in Environmental Sustainability

May 29, 2018

Here at Associated Labels and Packaging we value working with Universities in order to bring our innovation to the forefront of conversations. Our company was selected by the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. More specifically their Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab. The team at SPROUT is: “Working to uncover innovative partnerships between local, provincial/state and national governments that respond to climate change, the role that small businesses can play in sustainability transitions, and the ingredients of transformative change ~ SPROUT Lab” After the interviews have been compiled from Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London and Norwich England; results will be published in their journal. Our company is happy to contribute our knowledge for the benefit of others at all levels.

During the interview our Sustainability Manager Jay Ashworth was asked questions surrounding environmental sustainability. Questions such as why and when our company decided to pay more attention and value environmental sustainability; How we make decisions, and educate/inform others about cultural changes; and the importance to continue developing this value within the company. We of course had to highlight our fully backyard compostable stand-up pouching terms of things we have done here at AssociatedLP.

We are not only open to speaking with Universities regarding environmental sustainability, however, we are also open to speaking to others in improving their own sustainability. We all have so much to learn from each other, and this information is invaluable to people, our industries, cities and ultimately the world.

 

 

Update: One Girl Can, and the Gift of Education

May 24, 2018

Associated Labels and Packaging is happy to announce we will be sponsoring Margaret for another year of University. Margaret lives in Kenya, Africa; she is pursuing a degree in Business Administration. The project “One Girl Can” was founded by Lotte Davis, CEO and Co-founder of AG Hair. Their mission: “to empower girls through education to break the cycle of poverty and gender inequality in Kenya and Uganda.”

We are excited to see Margaret progress and build her foundation in education.

 

Shaun Ashworth – President for the Right Reasons

May 16, 2018

“I walk the floor every single day and treat people with respect, because they are deserving of that.” 

                                                        ~Shaun Ashworth, President of Associated Labels and Packaging

Shaun first started working at Associated Labels and Packaging in Junior High School. He would take the bus from Coquitlam to its original location in East Vancouver. From his humble beginnings cleaning floors; Shaun used his strong work ethic and strategic thinking to propel himself through the company.

He went from shipping & receiving, to plate making, rewind machine operator, printing press operator, production manager, procurement manager, operations manager and then sales. 26 years later, he is now President and employs 210 people on three shifts seven days a week in over 80,000 square feet of production space. 

When the company first started in 1980, it employed three people and focused on pressure sensitive labels. Over the years AssociatedLP moved into flexible packaging, this included bar wrappers, stick packs, tea sachets, shrink sleeves, stand-up pouches, and lidding film. 

Environmental sustainability is very important to AssociatedLP, and is why they developed North America’s first Non-GMO, fully backyard compostable stand-up pouch. AssociatedLP is the largest premium label and packaging facility in Western Canada and the Pacific North West.  

 

What aspect of the company is the most meaningful to you?

People, to see them become better and passionate about what they do. The buy-in to our culture and the family feeling that is created. Seeing the advancements in people and the little wins here and there.

What is your biggest learning outcome?

You can always be or do better. There is always continuous improvement. That’s what I have learned. The status quo is not a good way to go, it’s the way of the Dodo bird.

What is important for others to know about you and your company?

It’s not all about making money and clawing your way to the top and throwing people to the side. It’s about doing business in an ethical way. By that I mean being well balanced in everything you do. Pushing forward environmental sustainability and socially responsible initiatives are very important to me.

What is your vision for the company?

To do our best, and make our best better. Continuously improve. Success in everything, personal and professional. Being better in your personal goals; and in business just go that extra mile to be more professional, efficient or more approachable. Just be better.

 

“I am doing all of this for the right reasons, not the wrong reasons. Just being a good human, being kind to people, giving back to communities.”

      ~Shaun Ashworth, President of Associated Labels and Packaging

 

 

 

Now a Proud Member of 1% for the Planet!

April 17, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       

                                  For more information, contact:

Sustainability Manager

jay@associated-labels.com

+1 800.661.4764

Associated Labels and Packaging Announces Membership with 1% for the Planet

Vancouver, Canada, April 2018 – Associated Labels and Packaging joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales of their Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable Stand-Up Pouches to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

“AssociatedLP joined 1% for the Planet to further demonstrate our commitment to the environment. Every little bit helps, and we hope to inspire other companies to do the same.” 

Members of 1% for the Planet commit to supporting approved environmental nonprofit partners by donating the equivalent of 1% of sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind, and approved advertising contributions. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. There are thousands of approved nonprofits worldwide.

Collectively, 1% for the Planet Members have donated more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to-date.

“We are thrilled to welcome Associated Labels and Packaging to our global network,” said Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. “Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of that comes from businesses. We need more business like Associated Labels and Packaging to do its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes.”

About 1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. We recognize that the current level of environmental giving – only 3% of total philanthropy – is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing our planet. 

Through our business and individual membership, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of the network.

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,400 member businesses, a new and expanding core of hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.

 

About New Member

Associated Labels and Packaging is a premium Label Printing and Flexible Packaging company located in Vancouver Canada with over 35 years of experience. The foundation of the company is based on their PEQ Triangle of “People, Ethics, and Quality”… these three elements work together in every aspect of the business. 

Clients include the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical food, personal care and household cleaning industries amongst others. At Associated Labels and Packaging it’s their business to make you look good. That’s why they are dedicated to delivering not only the best in customer service, but the latest in label printing and flexible packaging technology. For example, after four years of research and development, Associated Labels and Packaging has successfully created the first Non-GMO, Back Yard Compostable, Stand-Up Pouch in North America. 

Their custom printing and packaging solutions will enhance your brand and make your product stand out. 

To find out more, please visit www.associated-labels.com

Update: One Girl Can! Margaret, the Gift of Education

December 14, 2017

Associated Labels and Packaging is so pleased to be part of this project founded by Lotte Davis, CEO and Co-founder of AG Hair. The gift of education is a gift that continues to give in terms of personal strength and surrounding community.

Congratulations City of Coquitlam!

September 21, 2017

Associated Labels and Packaging was happy to support the efforts in the City of Coquitlam’s first attempt at the international Communities in Bloom (CiB) competition. Our company was on the tour showcasing our honey bees to the judges, they suited up and came into the compound for a closer look.  The theme for Coquitlam for this years CiB was pollinators so the fit was perfect! We sent the judges off with a jar of last seasons honey, as well as, some samples of our fully backyard compostable, non-GMO,  stand-up pouches. They were impressed!

The City of Coquitlam came in second and achieved Five Blooms – Silver and an “Outstanding Achievement Award for Urban Forestry.” We congratulate the city, and the staff for all their hard work in creating such a wonderful and inclusive program. The city is a greater place for all the time and effort invested.

Check out the judges tour, and see if you can pick out our bee keepers 🙂

For further reading there is also the press release by clicking here

 

 

International Competition: Communities in Bloom, ROUND TWO!

July 10, 2017

For the second year in a row, Associated Labels and Packaging is participated in the Communities in Bloom Competition in partnership with the City of Coquitlam (CoQ).

In 2016 our company was first approached to participate in the competition after our staff helped plant native species in the adjacent creek as part of a restoration project. We gladly accepted having just installed our two new bee hives. In addition, we showcased our first in North America: Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable, Stand-Up Pouch to the national judges! Needless to say they were impressed with the pouch that fully composts in 90 days and our pollinators buzzing around. The CoQ ended up winning the award for the national “Over-50,000” population category, and received a “5 Blooms Silver” rating. With the outstanding mark of 88 percent, the CoQ decided to participate in the international competition. After the 2016 win, the City of Coquitlam parks staff approached our company to join their Communities in Bloom Task Force; we happily accepted. Each couple of months our representative would attend meetings to discuss strategies and ideas to help win the next event.

This year the City will compete against others in the same population category except on an international level. Our beautiful city is up against other amazing cities such as Bruges Belgium, Wood Buffalo Alberta and Holland Michigan. Once again our company will be on the judges tour next week, and since this year the theme is pollinators, we will be taking them into our apiary which has doubled in size since last year! In addition to the hives, we have installed a modest native food forest which hosts Nodding Onions, Mountain Strawberries, Camas and the like; in addition to our regular vegetable garden.

We are proud to be participants in this years event to help educate others about pollination, environmental initiatives and community involvement to the best of our ability.

You can see our apiary in the attached video at the 00:26 second mark 😉

 

Source

ONE GIRL CAN – SCHOLARSHIPS | SCHOOLS | AFRICA

May 23, 2017

Our mission is: We Build. We Educate. We Mentor. One Girl Can is focused on creating gender equality through education for girls living in extreme poverty in Africa.

 

To: Shaun Ashworth

Subject: One Girl Can – University Scholarship Donation

Hi Shaun,

Many thanks for your generosity in providing a full university scholarship for a bright girl, who would otherwise surely have gone back to resume life in her village –  more educated and motivated to perhaps start a small business and make changes in her life, but nothing to the degree that a university degree will…

…Thank you as well for taking the time to attend the event with your team Shaun, I was really moved by this effort. It was nice to finally meet you.
Warm regards,

 

Lotte

lotte davis | founder and CEO

www.onegirlcan.com

The Power of Meeting the Right People

February 28, 2017

Associated Labels and Packaging is proud to announce our involvement in the Economic Development Advisory Committee with the City of Coquitlam. Last week city councillors voted unanimously to make Jay Ashworth (Marketing and Sustainability Manager) the twelfth member of the advisory committee.

Our company has always been involved in community work in one form or another. Last summer in order to create awareness regarding declining bee and pollinator populations, our company decided to install honey bees on site. Staff are encouraged to assist in taking care of the bees on their free time.

At the same time the City of Coquitlam was implementing a creek restoration project next to our company. Erin Gorby, who was heading the project suggested we join City of Coquitlam’s “Communities in Bloom” national competition. We agreed, and our honey bees and surrounding garden was a stop on the judge’s tour. The city ended up winning the national competition for their population group. Afterwards our company was asked to be on the board for the international competition next year; we happily accepted.

Furthermore when the restoration project was ready, our staff came out with shovels and gloves to help plant native plants. In addition, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart and Councillor Bonita Zarrillo came by to help. We must give Bonita a big thank you! She pushed us in the right direction which created tremendous momentum.

Bonita recommended that our company join the local Tri-Cities, Chamber of Commerce which includes Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. We happily joined, and soon after joined the Vancouver Board of Trade. Within the first six months our company was nominated for the Business Excellence Award for companies with 30+ employees. We were happy to make it all the way to the finalist group!

Associated Labels and Packaging was also invited to city hall for the Communities in Bloom award presentation and after party. It was at this after party that we met Eric Kalnins and David Munro, who work for the Department of Economic Development.

The two gentleman came down to our plant and toured the multiple buildings which house our Label, Digital, Flexible Packaging and Application Equipment Divisions.

With over 35 years of experience, our staff often overlook the intricacies of our facility when giving tours. They usually head straight to the largest of our state of the art presses, leaving visitors a few feet from the production entrance. Our guests are overwhelmed by what they see unfolding before them. In the massive warehouses, presses are lined up side by side, by side and spin label stock or film, which turns through a maze of cylinders. All the while colourful inks are being applied to plate material which makes impressions on the substrate. Our plant is truly the Willy Wonka of manufacturing!

After giving Eric and David a whirlwind tour, we started to speak about how our relationship with the city and community grow. We discussed a range of items including how we can continue to be one of the largest employers in the city, as well as new possibilities for expanding our company physically or through awareness. Another one of the values our company takes seriously is the environment. This is why we spent four years developing North America’s first Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable Stand-Up Pouch which is used for things like rice or quinoa. We wanted to offer alternative options to the conventional products seen on the market. David and Eric are such great people; cooperative and understanding.

During our meeting they said they wanted to put us in touch with Dennis Marsden (Councillor), to come and check out the plant as well. In the following weeks Dennis came down and was impressed with the facility, especially our in-house graphic designers.

He was recently working with other tech companies in the city. Dennis suggested we put our name forward to council and become the next member of the advisory committee.

So here we are full circle, in the power of meeting the right people who know where this committee group will take us. We are always looking for ways to connect and we encourage other companies to do the same. Conversations, collaborations and working with others in your industry keeps your company fresh and on it’s toes.

If your company wishes to connect with us, please feel free to do so!

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