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

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!

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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

 

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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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Honey Bees Make Associated Labels and Packaging Their New Home!

March 31, 2016

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Staff at Associated Labels and Packaging have revived a derelict piece of land on our property to house two colonies of honey bees! On April 4th, Shaun Ashworth (President) and employees will help install the two queens and their bees. Ongoing courses will be offered to staff to train them in caring for the bees year round. There has been lots of positive feedback from staff for the hives, as well as, growing interest in helping the environment in any way we can.

At Associated Labels and Packaging, we hope to be part of similar projects in the future and encourage other companies to do the same. Not only for the health of our bee population and plant pollination, but the health of our human population as well. Bees encourage new conversations, and new connections to nature and each other.

We would like to think that work doesn’t always have to be just about work!

Associated Labels and Packaging – Proudly Sponsors Local Community Sports

January 4, 2016

032013orr1Indian LAX 1When you ask most people (even Canadian’s) “what is Canada’s official sport?” Most would say hockey, which is only partially true. Unbeknown to most, when we aren’t riding our moose to the pub, or snacking on walrus blubber, we partake in our official summer sport “Lacrosse.” Lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America, and was adapted from the First Nations game “Baggataway,” a much larger and dangerous game played to toughen braves for war or to settle disputes between tribes.

Associated Labels and Packaging is a proud sponsor of both sports, the “Coquitlam Jr “A” Adanacs Lacrosse Club” and the “Coquitlam Jr “ A” Express Hockey Club.” In addition to supplying jerseys to both teams, Associated Labels and Packaging has also invited the lacrosse team to use our new gym facilities for training. Community involvement has always been a part of our company values, and we are proud and fortunate to be able to continue supporting these teams.

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36,000lbs of Food Donated by Associated Staff Over 6 Years!

December 18, 2015

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Associated Labels and Packaging President Shaun Ashworth, stood proud of his staff once again this year for contributing 10,500lbs or 11 pallets of food to SHARE Family & Community Services.

“What a year! I couldn’t be happier that Associated Staff helped feed those in need again this holiday season. We started with humble beginnings in 2010 with the 1,000lb challenge, and each year since then we have grown exponentially. Who knows next year might be the best ever! I am no stranger to meeting new challenges.”  ~ Shaun Ashworth, President.

According to SHARE, 10,000lbs feeds 750 families for a week (37% of which are children). SHARE services the Tri-Cities Area to individuals and families in need, regardless of source of income (working, receiving income assistance, pensions or employment insurance, no income). We encourage everyone to make a contribution to their local food bank this year, nothing makes people happier than giving to others.

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