Stories From The Gift Box
Company blog for Saul Good Gift Co, featuring the best tasting local artisan Vancouver gift baskets. Stories of good gifts, community and social enterprise. Radiating Happiness Since TwentyOSix.
Green building - setting up shop in style
When given the opportunity to move my business and share space with Eclipse Awards, a leading crystal and glass awards business in Vancouver, BC, I jumped at the chance. Eclipse has been active working on the Strathcona Green Zone, a hub of sustainable business in the Downtown Eastside, by building green roofs and doing green renos in one of Canada's poorest postal codes. It definately was a step up, having been running Saul Good out of my house for the last 2 years, and an exciting opportunity to not only scale up our operation but also create a culture for collaboration between businesses, finding ways to work together for mutual benefit. As I moved in and started to set up shop I was faced with some purchasing decisions. Did I go green or go home?
I scored some leftover LEED green shelving from Arpac, Vesta particle board shelves made from 100% recycled and reclaimed wood without any added formaldehyde. Apparently these were leftover from a recent job doing shelving for MEC, membership in the co-op has it's privilages!
Reclaimed wood table & work bench
The next item on the list is a work bench, used to assemble gifts and store empty gift boxes. Using materials leftover from the Eclipse green reno I'm working with Tradeworks Custom Products to custom manufacture a work bench made from reclaimed parallam beams, originally used to reinforce the ceiling for the green roof.