Spring is a season that many people welcome, for plenty of reasons. Whether it’s the warming weather, the extra hour of daylight we get in the evenings, or the budding greenery awakening from winter, it’s hard to deny the good vibes that accompany this time of year. And no mention of spring is complete without a nod to Earth Day – a celebration of our incredible planet and all the initiatives we are taking as a society to protect it. In the spirit of the day, we’d like to take the opportunity to talk about some of the clients we work with and the green initiatives they have in place to work towards a better future.

 

The Coverall Shop

We recently began working with The Coverall Shop, a protective garment & PPE company based out of Red Deer, AB, in order to help them create a new brand. One of their main differentiators is their commitment to green practices – even going so far as to own the largest bio-based drycleaner in North America and ensure that all of their procedures are developed with environmental impact mitigation in mind. Through this, they hope to inspire their entire industry to adopt more sustainable habits in the future.

 

Orano Canada

We are long-time collaborators with the international energy company Orano. Breaking away from a dependence on oil and gas products for energy generation, Orano mines and refines some of the highest-grade uranium on the planet in northern Saskatchewan. However, they do it very responsibly, and from the start of every project, they consider and mitigate any environmental damage: they monitor air, water, and soil quality, not only at their sites but in the areas around them; consult with local communities to ensure traditional land use activities, like hunting or fishing, can continue and quality of life is not lessened; replant trees and encourage grassland growth in decommissioned areas; return to those areas for years afterward to ensure a flourishing environment, free of contamination or pollution.

 

INGU Solutions, Inc.

In a similar industrial vein, we are also doing work with INGU Solutions, based out of Calgary. Focusing on oil and gas pipelines, Ingu has developed new, small-scale sensor technologies that can inspect and monitor pipelines while they are in operation, detecting leaks, weak points, sediment deposits, and other issues before a spill happens. This preventative, easily-repeatable maintenance can find and eliminate fugitive emissions, protect the environment from chemicals, and make it much more cost- and time-effective for petroleum companies to monitor their pipelines, ultimately creating safer transportation across the industry.

 

Goldray Glass

Finally, we want to mention Goldray Glass and their adoption of many green measures in their offices and manufacturing plant. For years, they have recycled excess glass, cardboard, paper, and toner cartridges, and all purchased paper and cartridges are from recycled sources; in addition, their office uses an electronic tracking system and a “green sample” system to reduce waste. They have also eliminated the use of lead pigments in all their coatings, and reduced usage of toxic chemicals in all of their process.Their environmental statement lays it out in greater detail, but we can say this for sure – we are proud to work with a company that constantly strives to reduce its environmental impact and improve its processes.

 

As sustainability and environmental responsibility gain more prominence in everyday culture, it’s important for every company to consider the impact that it has on the earth, and to periodically brainstorm new ways to reduce that impact, as new technologies and research are released. The ability to adapt to a changing world and a marketplace that demands accountable, transparent practices will dictate success in the years ahead – and being proactive is always a good idea. So take a look around and ask: what green actions can you take on a personal or professional level? With inspiration like this from the organizations above, it should be easy to find an answer!