City of Coquitlam Partnership Created for Communities in Bloom International Competition

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

We are Forest Stewardship Council, Chain of Custody, Certified!

July 11, 2016

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ALP has held “Chain of Custody” certification with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for almost one year now. By having chain of custody certification, we can ensure our FSC Certified label stock is identified, kept separate from non-certified label stock, and tracked through the entire printing process. This process is needed as to not break the chain of custody for FSC certified products as they are distributed on to our customers.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not for profit, non-government organization established to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC certification is voluntary and their standards can be seen at https://ca.fsc.org/en-ca.

Using FSC certified products is a step in the right direction for the sustainable forestry industry; however, more needs to be done in terms of the restoration of these ecosystems once they have been logged. Associated Labels and Packaging wishes to take part in these projects in the near future. We look forward to being industry leaders in social and environmental responsibility.

For more information about changing your regular label stock to FSC certified, please contact our sales team, sales@associated-labels.com

 

Written By Jay Ashworth

NEW Instagram account for Associated Labels and Packaging

June 10, 2016

artists-interpret-instagram-new-logo-designboom-011Here at Associated Labels and Packaging in Vancouver, we are always finding ways to better communicate the vision of our fun and fulfilling company to our customers. What better place to know who your dealing with than seeing the everyday workings of our business. Be it labels, film, flexible packaging or compostable stand-up pouches we are here for your viewing.

We look forward to this new platform and connecting with you on a new level.

 

Come find us

Instagram @associated_labels_packaging

Twitter @AssociatedLabel

Facebook @associatedLP  

 

Written by Jay Ashworth

Art by @jarrett.hendrix

Employers, Employees and Environmental “Win – Win – Win” from Cycling to Work

May 30, 2016

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Exercising before work raises an employee’s productivity by an average of 15%

Cycling will reduce health care costs and employees that cycle take 15% fewer sick days

Cyclists are more punctual, and absenteeism can be reduced by up to 80%

 

WIN 2: Employee Benefits

Cyclists have lower body mass index

Cyclists meet recommended weekly physical activity goals

Cyclists have increased positive lifestyle attributes and sense of community belonging

 

WIN 3: Environment Benefits

Improved air quality

Reduction of noise pollution

Reduced road maintenance due to reduced vehicle traffic

 

Tips for Employers

Have available showers and lockers

Include a bike maintenance area with a bike pump and basic tools

Have a covered bike lock area for multiple bikes

Collaborate with local bicycle groups for training and info sessions

Call your municipality to install a bike rack on public land near your business for free

How Can Industries Align Themselves With The Paris Climate Agreement?

April 22, 2016

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Earth Day, a record number of countries (over 155) have signed the Paris Climate Agreement today. Even the largest producers of Co2 such as China and USA have signed on. Countries will be attempting to build momentum off of the agreement, and it’s time industries did the same.

Consumers can see through green washing verbiage such as “All Natural” or “Going Green.” And it’s no longer enough to just recycle bottles and cans, or discontinue styrofoam cups. Industries around the world need to step up their game. Even if people don’t believe in climate change; being sustainable and preserving our natural environment is fundamentally the right thing to do.

Here at Associated Labels and Packaging we are trying our best to do our part, however is it going to be enough? We have researched and developed a 100% backyard compostable stand-up pouches, annually diverted over 300,000 lbs of waste from the landfill; discontinued our vanity shipping boxes; installed staff gardens and bee hives… Even with our best efforts, demand will continue and so will our waste as our population continues to grow. How can we break this vicious cycle?

Even though “Earth Day” is made up, it does remind us, if only for a day, what is really important to us and the next generation.  What does change look like in your industry? Here at Associated Labels and Packaging we would love to hear your ideas, please contact us with any comments or suggestions you may have.

 

 

 

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