Margaret – Update on our Student Sponsorship

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

 

We Think, We Speak, and We Print in Rainbows

July 29, 2016

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It’s pride weekend in Vancouver! Associated Labels and Packaging recognizes our social responsibility in supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) community within our own industry. Our business foundation is built upon commitment to “People,” “Ethics” and “Quality.”

We believe that having a safe and inclusive work environment for all our staff is a basic human need; everyone, regardless of their beliefs or sexual orientation deserves this without question. We therefore encourage our employees to bring their full selves to work, and not feel the need to cover up their true identity. Associated Labels and Packaging is no stranger to the LGBTQ community, and we intend to keep it that way.

 

Written by Jay Ashworth

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.

 

 

 

Tricity News: “Buzzing is all in the Biz at Associated Labels and Packaging”

April 5, 2016

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Jay Ashworth, marketing and sustainability manager at Associated Labels, shows staff the caged queen bee that will go into the Coquitlam company’s new parking lot apiary.

On a blustery Monday morning, Shaun Ashworth traded his suit jacket for a beekeeping suit and stepped into a fenced enclosure to help his brother, Jay Ashworth, pour 32,000 honey bees into specially made homes in the parking lot of Associated Labels and Packaging.

As the president of the Coquitlam company, Shaun is decidedly more at home in an office than an apiary but is keen to support the beekeeping venture proposed by Jay, the company’s marketing and sustainability manager.

“Our company is focused on sustainability, awareness, creating less of a carbon footprint and contributing less trash to the landfill,” Shaun said. “Even if he wasn’t my brother I probably would have said yes.”

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Associated Labels president Shaun Ashworth removes some of the 16,000 bees from a tube before putting them in the Coquitlam company’s new parking lot apiary. – Photo by Jordi Ashworth

As Jay completed a beekeeping course, Shaun had a fenced enclosure built at the rear of the property, where it backs on to a greenbelt that joins up with the Fraser Mills site. There are two wooden apiaries now, and plenty of room for expansion.

On Monday, a handful of the company’s 180 employees gathered to watch the installation as Jay and Shaun emptied two long tubes, each packed with two pounds of bees — that’s 16,000 per tube — into each “house.”

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Associated Labels president Shaun Ashworth holds a honeycomb from the Coquitlam company’s new parking lot apiary.

The queen bee is installed in a cage to keep her — and the rest of the bees — from flying away, and the bees will likely have her released within a few days.

They’ll survive on pre-mixed sugar water until more flowers crop up in the area; Jay and his girlfriend, Sarah Rutherford, planted wildflower seeds in the area as future bee food. And by September, the honeycombs will be removed and the honey harvested and likely given away as gifts (labels for the jars shouldn’t be a problem).

Interested employees can be part of the action as Jay will be giving courses for anyone interested in learning about beekeeping.

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Associated Labels staff look on as some 32,000 bees are placed in the Coquitlam company’s new parking lot apiary.

“It’s been awesome for company culture,” he said, noting the project has generated plenty of conversation among the staff.

Jay is also spearheading a community garden project at Associated Labels, with plans to turn disused parking lot plant beds into food-growing plots.

Meanwhile, Shaun is applying environmentally friendly principles to the business with the creation of the first fully compostable, non-GMO stand-up pouch in North America.

“It was four years in development,” Shaun said. “It took a lot of time and money… but there’s enough garbage out there already going out to the landfill.”

In fact, of the 17 billion plastic stand-up pouches made in 2013, none were recyclable or compostable — a number that gave Shaun pause when he thought of the future he’d be leaving for his children.

“We’re trying to do our part with end-of-life packaging,” he said. “Even if this went into the trash, I know it will be gone. Maybe not within six months but definitely in a year.”

The packages, made of non-GMO corn starch and Forestry Stewardship Council-certified birch and eucalyptus pulp, with non-toxic ink, are being used by the quinoa company Alter Eco. Testing has shown the packages disintegrate in about three to six months.

The only drawback is cost, with a price point of more than double that of a similar non-recyclable pouch.

Changing that will simply be another business challenge for Shaun that, fortunately for the slightly more squeamish of the Ashworth brothers, doesn’t involve handling bees.

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