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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?

Green shelving

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

green_roof_tradeworks_custom_products_reclaimed_woodThe 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.