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International Competition: Communities in Bloom, ROUND TWO!

July 10, 2017

For the second year in a row, Associated Labels and Packaging is participated in the Communities in Bloom Competition in partnership with the City of Coquitlam (CoQ).

In 2016 our company was first approached to participate in the competition after our staff helped plant native species in the adjacent creek as part of a restoration project. We gladly accepted having just installed our two new bee hives. In addition, we showcased our first in North America: Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable, Stand-Up Pouch to the national judges! Needless to say they were impressed with the pouch that fully composts in 90 days and our pollinators buzzing around. The CoQ ended up winning the award for the national “Over-50,000” population category, and received a “5 Blooms Silver” rating. With the outstanding mark of 88 percent, the CoQ decided to participate in the international competition. After the 2016 win, the City of Coquitlam parks staff approached our company to join their Communities in Bloom Task Force; we happily accepted. Each couple of months our representative would attend meetings to discuss strategies and ideas to help win the next event.

This year the City will compete against others in the same population category except on an international level. Our beautiful city is up against other amazing cities such as Bruges Belgium, Wood Buffalo Alberta and Holland Michigan. Once again our company will be on the judges tour next week, and since this year the theme is pollinators, we will be taking them into our apiary which has doubled in size since last year! In addition to the hives, we have installed a modest native food forest which hosts Nodding Onions, Mountain Strawberries, Camas and the like; in addition to our regular vegetable garden.

We are proud to be participants in this years event to help educate others about pollination, environmental initiatives and community involvement to the best of our ability.

You can see our apiary in the attached video at the 00:26 second mark 😉

 

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ONE GIRL CAN – SCHOLARSHIPS | SCHOOLS | AFRICA

May 23, 2017

Our mission is: We Build. We Educate. We Mentor. One Girl Can is focused on creating gender equality through education for girls living in extreme poverty in Africa.

 

To: Shaun Ashworth

Subject: One Girl Can – University Scholarship Donation

Hi Shaun,

Many thanks for your generosity in providing a full university scholarship for a bright girl, who would otherwise surely have gone back to resume life in her village –  more educated and motivated to perhaps start a small business and make changes in her life, but nothing to the degree that a university degree will…

…Thank you as well for taking the time to attend the event with your team Shaun, I was really moved by this effort. It was nice to finally meet you.
Warm regards,

 

Lotte

lotte davis | founder and CEO

www.onegirlcan.com

KISS THE GROUND, Public Engagement and Global Soil Restoration

April 28, 2017

 

 

AssociatedLP acknowledges there is no silver bullet for combating climate change or environmental sustainability. That said, every little bit helps!

Our company is a member of the OSC2 Group, (One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community). During our visit to Anaheim for the Natural Products Expo West Convention in March, our team attended an OSC2 gathering. This event included the viewing of a very special clip called “The Compost Story,” put on by Kiss the Ground. This cause is very important to us, and we decided then and there to sponsor the group and help continue their awareness campaign and good work!

Soil is such an integral part of our survival, and with so many of us now living in cities than at any time in our previous history; this cause is even more significant. We so often cover up rich soil with cement, asphalt and even worse, plastic in the form of turf grass! We are such a sterile generation, and it’s time to get dirty and enjoy the origins of life! If you have no time to kick off your shoes and socks and dig your toes into nature, than at least consider composting at your home or apartment building.

Don’t like the idea of fruit flies or rotting food in your place? There is a simple solution (which I personally just discovered…) FREEZE IT! If there isn’t any facilities in your building for composting, ask for it! Or start dumping it in discreet locations in your parkade until people complain enough… hahaha

It’s time we start doing our part as individuals; AssociatedLP is doing its part, after four years of research and development,  we have created North Americas first non-gmo, organic, fully backyard compostable, stand-up pouch. For more information on how you can change your pouch or other film applications to compostable, contact us at sales@associated-labels.com

We can’t do this alone, but we can do this together!

 

Written by Jay Ashworth

 

 

Top 100 Manufacturer List Once Again! Recognition Always Feels Good!

March 23, 2017

We are so honoured to receive this recognition for the second year in a row! Our presence in Vancouver, Western Canada and the Pacific North West exceeds expectations each year. Our company motto this year has been “Next Level,” this means with technology, our staff and facility. We are a leader in our industry, and “the proof is in the printing.”

 

Women Outnumber Men at Our Office #Proud

March 8, 2017

 

 

Out of 49 office staff, 26 of this positions are held by women in Sales, Administration, Accounting and the Art Department. All of our office staff have access to benefits including paid education in their related field, or a field which they would like to grow into. Our office culture has always been a strong family, and within our family we practice respect for one another. We believe that we already model well the UN theme for “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

The UN recommendations are quite straight forward: “We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science. We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys. This will take adjustments in parenting, curricula, educational settings, and channels for everyday stereotypes like TV, advertising and entertainment; it will take determined steps to protect young girls from harmful cultural practices like early marriage, and from all forms of violence.”

Actions speak louder than words… contact our HR Manager if you want to be considered for any future positions that may come up. hr@associated-labels.com or check out our contact us page http://associated-labels.com/contact-us/

 

 

Print Smart; Flexographic Printing vs. Digital Printing Infographic

March 2, 2017

 

The Power of Meeting the Right People

February 28, 2017

Associated Labels and Packaging is proud to announce our involvement in the Economic Development Advisory Committee with the City of Coquitlam. Last week city councillors voted unanimously to make Jay Ashworth (Marketing and Sustainability Manager) the twelfth member of the advisory committee.

Our company has always been involved in community work in one form or another. Last summer in order to create awareness regarding declining bee and pollinator populations, our company decided to install honey bees on site. Staff are encouraged to assist in taking care of the bees on their free time.

At the same time the City of Coquitlam was implementing a creek restoration project next to our company. Erin Gorby, who was heading the project suggested we join City of Coquitlam’s “Communities in Bloom” national competition. We agreed, and our honey bees and surrounding garden was a stop on the judge’s tour. The city ended up winning the national competition for their population group. Afterwards our company was asked to be on the board for the international competition next year; we happily accepted.

Furthermore when the restoration project was ready, our staff came out with shovels and gloves to help plant native plants. In addition, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart and Councillor Bonita Zarrillo came by to help. We must give Bonita a big thank you! She pushed us in the right direction which created tremendous momentum.

Bonita recommended that our company join the local Tri-Cities, Chamber of Commerce which includes Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. We happily joined, and soon after joined the Vancouver Board of Trade. Within the first six months our company was nominated for the Business Excellence Award for companies with 30+ employees. We were happy to make it all the way to the finalist group!

Associated Labels and Packaging was also invited to city hall for the Communities in Bloom award presentation and after party. It was at this after party that we met Eric Kalnins and David Munro, who work for the Department of Economic Development.

The two gentleman came down to our plant and toured the multiple buildings which house our Label, Digital, Flexible Packaging and Application Equipment Divisions.

With over 35 years of experience, our staff often overlook the intricacies of our facility when giving tours. They usually head straight to the largest of our state of the art presses, leaving visitors a few feet from the production entrance. Our guests are overwhelmed by what they see unfolding before them. In the massive warehouses, presses are lined up side by side, by side and spin label stock or film, which turns through a maze of cylinders. All the while colourful inks are being applied to plate material which makes impressions on the substrate. Our plant is truly the Willy Wonka of manufacturing!

After giving Eric and David a whirlwind tour, we started to speak about how our relationship with the city and community grow. We discussed a range of items including how we can continue to be one of the largest employers in the city, as well as new possibilities for expanding our company physically or through awareness. Another one of the values our company takes seriously is the environment. This is why we spent four years developing North America’s first Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable Stand-Up Pouch which is used for things like rice or quinoa. We wanted to offer alternative options to the conventional products seen on the market. David and Eric are such great people; cooperative and understanding.

During our meeting they said they wanted to put us in touch with Dennis Marsden (Councillor), to come and check out the plant as well. In the following weeks Dennis came down and was impressed with the facility, especially our in-house graphic designers.

He was recently working with other tech companies in the city. Dennis suggested we put our name forward to council and become the next member of the advisory committee.

So here we are full circle, in the power of meeting the right people who know where this committee group will take us. We are always looking for ways to connect and we encourage other companies to do the same. Conversations, collaborations and working with others in your industry keeps your company fresh and on it’s toes.

If your company wishes to connect with us, please feel free to do so!

You can reach us at hr@associated-labels.com

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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

 

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.

 

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