Archive for May, 2011

Projecting Change Film Festival

Don’t miss out on the 5th Annual Projecting Change Film Festival.  Bringing like-minded individuals together to connect, converse and communicate – this festival is forum for film and dialogue about social and environmental issues.

This four-day event features inspiring, eye-opening, and often award-winning films from around the globe, each followed by a dynamic speaker and panel discussion.  The unique festival format is a platform for audience engagement, with all proceeds donated back to local initiatives.

To view this year’s schedules of movies and speakers, click here.  Be sure to get tickets before it’s too late!

26/05/2011 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

NAT Featured in Oregon Business

Ken Barker, CEO of Naturally Advanced Technologies.

Be sure to check out the great coverage in this months issue of Oregon Business.  Learn more about our company’s history, where we’re at now and our big plans for the future.

Click here to read the full story.

24/05/2011 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

Does Corporate Culture Pay?

What is corporate culture?  At its most basic, it’s described as the personality of an organization or simply as “how things are done around here.”  It guides how employees think, act and feel.  Corporate culture is a broad term used to define the unique personality or character of a particular company or organization and includes such elements as core values and beliefs, corporate ethics and rules of behaviour.

In an article I recently found in Inc., Paul Spiegelmen (owner of Beryl),  explains the importance of creating a corporate culture.   Defining key points including;  identifying guiding values, constructing a clear mission and vision that everyone can own, working together to develop processes and systems and identifying a leader, he touches on on why having a strong corporate culture is not only a good thing to do, but how it also makes good business sense. 

Click here to read the full story.

20/05/2011 at 4:30 am Leave a comment

CRAiLAR Voted Quality Fabric of the Month

A big thanks to Textile World for featuring CRAiLAR Flax as Quality Fabric of the Month!

CRAiLAR® Flax is soft like cotton, has a similar colour, possesses similar performance traits and is cool and comfortable to wear year-round.  CRAiLAR® Flax and cotton look the same, fit the same and wash the same.  Still, CRAiLAR® Flax fibers shrink less than cotton fibers do, wick moisture better, and have increased dye uptake meaning they take less chemicals to reach the same color levels.

With cotton prices currently over a $1.50 per pound, flax is a cost-effective raw material for fiber production.  We estimate that in 2011 we will be able to provide CRAiLAR® Flax for between $0.90 and $1.25 per pound, making it an economically viable complement to cotton.

Read Textile World’s article to find out how CRAiLAR® made the cut!

18/05/2011 at 6:29 am

Global Warming Gridlock

Global warming is one of today’s greatest challenges.  The science of climate change leaves no doubt that policies to cut emissions are overdue.  Yet, after twenty years of international talks and treaties, the world is now in gridlock about how best to do this.

Author David Victor argues that such gridlock has arisen because international talks have drifted away from the reality of what countries are willing and able to implement at home.  Most of the lessons that policy makers have drawn from the history of other international environmental problems won’t actually work on the problem of global warming.  Victor argues that a radical rethinking of global warming policy is required and shows how to make international law on global warming more effective.

This book provides a roadmap to a lower carbon future based on encouraging bottom-up initiatives at national, regional and global levels, leveraging national self-interest rather than wishful thinking.

17/05/2011 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Win 2 Tickets to the EPIC Sustainable Living Expo!

EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is a solutions-based, family-oriented event designed to educate, entertain and immerse the public in all things “green”.  EPIC is about doing what you can, when you can…all you need is a little education and inspiration, and EPIC has lots of both!  Join us for this three-day celebration of earth-friendly living and surround yourself with truly inspirational people, innovative ideas, and environmentally-responsible products.

EPIC attracts a diverse range of 300 companies who focus on social and ecological sustainability, allowing some 17 000+ visitors to learn from top eco-educators and make choices that help sustain their lifestyles, while leaving a softer footprint on earth.  EPIC features the latest eco-trends in: Business & Technology, Community, Fashion, Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Leisure, and Transportation.

The Main Stage features presentations by experts in everything from green weddings to eco-friendly home renovations, to traveling with a lighter footprint.  Also, there are fashion shows throughout the weekend, featuring the latest in sustainable style.

Come to EPIC 2011 and…

  • Discover which companies are leading the change and producing earth-friendly products that don’t compromise style and function.
  • Learn how to make sound choices when you shop for products and services that are better for the environment.
  • See leading experts on the EPIC Main Stage and learn how simple choices in your day-to-day life can make a significant impact on your health, your community and your environment.
  • Find out how and where to buy these products and learn what makes them different.

Enter for your chance to win 2 tickets  – see details below!

Visit our website to find out what company we recently entered into a fibre development agreement with.  When you’ve found the answer, post it on our Twitter page.  Your name will then be entered for a chance to win.  Draw results will be announced by 3pm today and then available for pick up at our downtown office anytime between 9am and 2pm tomorrow……just in time for the show!


12/05/2011 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

The Sustainable Operations Summit

Since its initial launch in 2006, the Sustainable Operations Summit has become the premier forum for leading organizations to share best practices and case studies regarding the greening of their facilities and operations.

This invitation-only event, which takes place May 15th – 17th, brings together key leadership from North America’s most influential organizations in both the private and public sectors to promote practices that benefit both the environment and the bottom line.  The overall theme at the summit is ROI: Reduce our Impact…Return on Investment.  We all realize that without documenting a true return on investment most initiatives will never get the green light!  The intimate and focused format of the summit provides executives with the tools necessary to keep their green initiatives thriving through the economic downturn and take their programs to greater levels of efficiency and innovation.

From exclusive keynote speakers to intimate roundtable discussions, the Sustainable Operations Summit provides organizations with the essential knowledge take-away that is all but absent at other industry events.

For an overview on this years Sustainble Operations Summit, click here.  To request an invite, click here.  

10/05/2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

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