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.

 

 

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

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                                  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

Associated Labels Launches HP Indigo 20000 Digital Printing Press

January 11, 2018

 

Associated Labels and Packaging, a leading labels and packaging converter in Western Canada, has completed installation of an HP Indigo 20000 digital press, as it expands its sustainability offering, including digital printing of flexible packaging on eco-friendly materials.

The HP Indigo 20000 digital press doubles digital capacity for Associated Labels and Packaging, operating until now its digital services with two HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses. The 30-inch press will also allow the converter to deliver digitally printed flexible packaging and pouch applications to complement its wide-web flexo printing.

‘The addition of the Indigo 20000 will allow us to provide the market with unlimited short-run packaging. In the past, it was cost prohibitive due to minimum orders. With this technology we can now produce smaller runs for market testing and development, and also stay profitable on smaller runs from existing key customers,’ said Shaun Ashworth, Associated Labels and Packing president.

The Vancouver-area converter, serving western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, has invested in a sustainability program as a strategic company mission, developing a unique backyard compostable stand-up pouch product. The film is also running on the HP Indigo 20000, opening new marketing opportunities.

According to Jay Ashworth, marketing and sustainability manager, specialty brands, including boutique organic and natural products, are increasingly interested in a fully sustainable packaging solution as part of their product marketing. ‘With digital printing on eco film, these innovative products can enjoy high-quality packaging SKUs, test market interest and also stay true to their eco-values.’ he said.

Since starting in a small label printing plant in Vancouver in 1981 Associated Labels and Packaging has grown to over 100,000 square feet, with 24 hour-a-day press runs.

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City of Coquitlam Partnership Created for Communities in Bloom International Competition

February 7, 2017

Associated Labels and Packaging is proud to announce our partnership with the City of Coquitlam, Communities in Bloom Task Force. Our company participated in the 2016 National competition which the city won with flying colours. This year the city chose to compete in the 2017 International Communities in Bloom competition and has asked our company to help out with planning.

In 2016, the City approached our company to plant native plants in the final phase of the Como Creek restoration project adjacent to our building. After a company wide notice was put up, more than a dozen volunteers came out to join the planting crew. It just so happened that at the same time, our company was installing two bee hives, which for pollination, was perfect timing. In addition, our company showed off our newly developed Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable Stand-Up Pouch (the first of its kind in North America).

Our company is happy to increase our community involvement and once again invite the judges and public to come down and view our gardens and bee hives. We look forward to participating in this years competition for Canada’s 150th birthday!

 

 

Drone, Sweet Drone; Best Plant Location? We Think So!

January 24, 2017

We are so lucky to have our plant located steps away from the Fraser River here in Coquitlam, British Columbia (just outside Vancouver). Up and down the river we have customers who depend on our premium label and packaging services.

These services include labels (ex. wine labels), shrink film (ex. contoured bottles), lidding film (ex. resealable blueberries) and stand-up pouches (ex. rice and grains). We also pride ourselves on investing four years into developing North Americas first Non-GMO, Organic, backyard compostable stand-up pouches.

Our company also prides itself on our People, Ethics and Quality triad which is a thread that runs through everything we do here.

For more information contact sales@associated-labels.com
or for social media @associatedLP

 

UPDATE! associatedLP Helps WIN National Competition – “Communities in Bloom”

November 16, 2016
Associated Labels and Packaging staff volunteer their time

Associated Labels and Packaging staff volunteer their time

The City of Coquitlam hosted judges from Canada’s Communities in Bloom Competition last summer. Judges came by our location as part of the grand tour and we showed them our facility and of course the bee hives and surrounding gardens. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to participate and help our city win!

The original article can be viewed here

Promotional Video of the City of Coquitlam, cities in bloom

Original Profile Book Supplied by the City of Coquitlam

Business Of The Year Nominee: “When You Do The Right Thing, People Take Notice!”

October 6, 2016

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After joining the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce last month which serves Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, we were welcomed by the community of over 500 local business members. Associated Labels and Packagings decided to join after speaking to a council member while volunteering at the creek restoration project next to our facility. Our goals for joining were to connect with local businesses, as well as, our community on a deeper level.

Business Excellence Award Nominee Criteria:

  • Exemplary record of business sustainability, growth and prudent financial management
  • Excellent customer and/or employee relationships
  • Uses an innovative approach to business growth and development
  • Proactively contributes to the community and is established as a strong corporate citizen

 

Some of our noteworthy achievements have been developing the first Non-GMO Backyard Compostable Stand-up Pouch in North America; Supporting local hockey and lacrosse teams; starting a cycling and hiking club for employees and installing two bee hives on our property.

When you do the right thing, people take notice! We are so proud of our staff for making this possible and we look forward to continuing this amazing trajectory.
Written by Jay Ashworth

 

Tri-Cities Article

 

Honey Harvest

September 27, 2016

Since April Associated Labels and Packaging went through a large learning curve when installing our little bee friends here in Vancouver! Through all the growing pains we successfully harvested 37lbs of honey this year!

We are so happy to have this project open to staff who wish to learn and participate about these amazing pollinators. We welcome anyone to come down and take a look, especially those companies who would like a heads up on how to install your own beehives at work. The next step for us is to winterize our bees and let them be (not a pun person) until the spring when they decide to come out of their mini hibernation.

If you have any questions about our sustainability projects, please feel free to email me jay@associated-labels.com

 

“Communities in Bloom” National Competition Pays us a Visit

July 20, 2016

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Today Associated Labels and Packaging participated in the national “Communities in Bloom” competition in collaboration with the City of Coquitlam. Associated Labels and Packaging represents the only commercial business out of 22 locations selected for national judges to evaluate. Other sites include a golf course,  hatchery, community gardens, and multiple parks. This year City of Coquitlam (CoQ) staff are determined to win the “Communities in Bloom” on its 125th birth year.

Associated Labels and Packaging has been recognized for, and will be evaluated on Community Involvement, Environmental Action and Landscaping. A short list of our Community Involvement includes staff donating over 36,000lbs of food in the past six years to the Coquitlam food bank; sponsoring the Coquitlam Adanacs Lacrosse and Hockey teams.

Environmental Action has been Associated Labels and Packaging’s strong points. Our research and development team after four year of hard work, has developed a fully backyard compostable non-gmo, stand-up pouch (a first of its kind in North America). In addition, this past April saw two bee hives installed on the properties edge nearest to Como Creek. Not only do the bees help pollinate our local plants; they also help strengthen our company culture as staff participate or watch bee inspections on their lunch breaks. The timing coincided perfectly with the CoQ Como Creek restoration project located next to our property (which employees also volunteered their time for).

Landscaping at Associated Labels and Packaging has included surrounding the bee hives with flowers for the bees and snap pees for employees to grab on their way by. Future plans for the area include fork-liftable employee garden plots along the south side of our building; an updated compost system for lunch waste; and lastly converting our surrounding vegetation areas to native plants or a native food forest.

Our company is always looking at ways to be relevant to our local community, business community and finally our environmental community. We hope that our  efforts encompass all that is good about our company and we look forward to being leaders, as well as, mentors to other companies wishing to make positive impacts to their communities as well.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact me at jay@associated-labels.com

Written by Jay Ashworth

 

 

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering community pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. It uses friendly competition between communities to bring together local businesses, service clubs, residents and civic government to focus on enhancing their community.

Judges visit the City over a two-day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors: municipal, business and institutions, residential and community involvement. Each of these sectors is judged on their performance of six categories. http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca

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