One Girl Can; One Girl Will

One Girl Can; One Girl Will

May 1, 2019

One Girl Can

Wow the distance between each year is shrinking isn’t it? We are always shocked when April rolls around.

Our company has made the easy decision to continue supporting Maggie’s education so that she can succeed and help others in her community.

We couldn’t be happier with her progress and look forward to see where her determination takes her!

We must thank AG Hair and their One Girl Can project for making this all happen. Not only does this company have great products, they also have a social

purpose! We encourage all other companies to look beyond the bottom line, and be a company for positive change. If you would like to sponsor or donate click here.

About

“In the marginalized regions of Kenya and Uganda where we work, education is unaffordable for many families. We provide high school and university scholarships to girl with the greatest need and potential. By sponsoring a girl’s education you’ll be helping her achieve her dreams and break the cycle of poverty and gender inequality.” ~One Girl Can

Letter from Maggie

 

 

 

One Company’s Waste, Is Another Company’s Resource

February 7, 2019

NISP

“A business led initiative that uses the industrial symbiosis approach to create new market opportunities. It also increases the range of resources that have commercial value. This means adding to the bottom line and improve resource efficiency.”

Win/Win/Win

Associated Labels and Packaging participated in this program to discover if our waste could be turned into another companies input. The program was pretty simple in design. Companies were invited to fill out as many “Haves” on a green info card (this could include waste, unwanted resources, services, vacant warehouse space etc). This was followed by your “Wants” on a yellow info card (similar to haves, but also included information requests). The results would be shared amongst each table and people would write their names on either cards to make connections or referrals.

Example

Associated Labels and Packaging recycles shipping shrink wrap, which likely gets sent to China to process into who knows what. Instead, this plastic can be sent to a local company who can use the shrink as an input to create their products. This process accomplishes the following:

  • Hauling and dumping fees are removed
  • Our truck can simply add this stop to it’s local delivery
  • Receiving company gets a free resource
  • Resource remains in local circular economy
  • There is less environmental impact and virgin materials created
  • Associated Labels and Packaging can get closer to zero waste!

Roadblocks

Associated Labels and Packaging creates continuous, and for the most part unavoidable label and flexible packaging waste. These products have zero end value since they cannot be separated into their original components. This unfortunately means most of the time this product ends up either in the landfill or incinerator for energy. Our suppliers have no solution, however there is a small glimmer of hope in Iowa of all places.

Continuous Materials Recovery  takes all paper and plastic waste and transforms it into building materials for exterior walls and commercial roofs. Unfortunately Iowas is a staggering 3,000km (1,864 miles) away. NEXT Steps>>> Feasibility study on using Continuous Materials Recovery.

Connect

If you have any suggestions, or have heard any solutions out there, I would love to hear them! Direct your message to info@associated-labels.com, Jay Ashworth, Sustainability Manager.

To learn more about NISP’s local, national and international programs click here.

 

Communities in Bloom National Winners!

December 3, 2018

This past summer Associated Labels and Packaging helped the City of Coquitlam win first place in its class in the national competition. The “5 Blooms Silver” award was presented to the Mayor and Council (City of Coquitlam) by our very own Sustainability Manager, Jay Ashworth.

Communities in Bloom recognized Coquitlam with a special recognition for “Pollinator Friendly Community of the Year.” With our four beehives, we would like to think this help significantly =)  We look forward to helping this great community cause in the future! Every little bit helps get the message of sustainability out there!

“Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.”

 

 

Margaret – Update on our Student Sponsorship

October 16, 2018
Wow! Our team here at Associated Labels and Packing is so proud to be part of this initiative.
We our touched that our reaching out is actually making a difference in someone life and their surrounding community!
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.”
To see Margaret’s progression see our past articles from 2018 and 2017;
Update on Margaret
“We’ve just come back from Africa and are excited to have a letter and photo from Margaret to share with you! We were so proud to see her continue to perform well in school, but we were particularly struck by how her confidence is growing, along with all the other girls in our program. We believe this is due to in part to the mentoring workshops we offer our girls every year, but also to the tangible promise of a better future that One Girl Can has given her.
As her champion, you are an important part of her journey. Margaret knows that this future wouldn’t be possible without your support, and as you can read, she is beyond grateful for this.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for giving Margaret the chance to earn a living, help her family escape poverty, and earn respect for the contribution that she and thousands of other girls will now be able to make in their society.”
Thank you for believing that One Girl Can!
With warm regards,
Lotte, Gabriela, Nicola, Florence & Irene
The One Girl Can Team

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

 

 

 

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.

40,000lbs of food donated over the past 7 years!

December 21, 2016

WOW! Another 4,000lbs of food donated this year by staff here at Associated Labels and Packaging. We are happy to be able to do our part this year.

 

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

 

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