Goods & Services

Sustainability means living within our Planet's limits.

Our Mission

To support local businesses to re-imagine, re-invent, and re-innovate - towards a goal of sustainable, waste-free, repairable, long-life products and services.

We are focused on enhancing the understanding and implementation of Circular Economy principles:

  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Regenerate natural systems.
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We want to provide recognition for businesses with sustainable practices and values.

get involved:

The damaging effects of Climate Change are coming at us like a locomotive and time is running out to effectively counter its effects.   

One way to help is join the Sustainable Orillia Goods & Services Sector Team.   

Is Sustainability one of Your Passions?  Our small, but active committee meets once a month and we are looking for new members to join.   We are looking for volunteers/partners to give us insight into business management and manufacturing processes, as well as retail distribution.

 

 

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The Goods & Services team is working toward increasing recognition for Orillia businesses whose values and practices support sustainability. These businesses may be recognized in numerous ways, including:

  1. Be featured as a sustainable business in local media
  2. Have your best practices posted on Sustainable Orillia’s Facebook page (and shared)
  3. Be included on a list of  successful case studies on the Sustainable Orillia  website
  4. Have your business profile posted on the Sustainable Orillia website (logo and link)

Please fill out one of the intake forms below in order to register your business to be eligible for our annual Sustainable Orillia Business Award.

1st Tier – Sustainable business practices:

Begin your journey of recognition for your sustainability practices: https://airtable.com/shr9QY6nkzfKgZ8VD

2nd Tier – Additional practice of making value from waste:

If your business is going beyond the standard sustainable business practices then this registration form will take you to the next level. These questions begin bringing you closer to the circular economy principles. 

Please contact us at goodsandservices@sustainableorillia.ca if you need help with understanding the fields in this form.

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3rd Tier – Circular Economy business model:

At this level we would like to sit down and have a conversation with you to discuss how we can support your ability to be recognized at a national level and be part of the growing circular business movement globally. Conversations with other circular business owners and insight into how to scale. Please contact us at goodsandservices@sustainableorillia.ca to set up a meeting.

How We Will Support Local Business to be More Sustainable

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We want to work with local businesses interested in becoming more sustainable on an individual basis, to explore customized solutions one-on-one, as able.  We welcome all local businesses to reach out to us, to identify their particular challenges in creating more sustainable practices. We will then take those challenges and explore appropriate resources, such as putting together a think tank or task force, customized to that business’ specific needs. Ideally the outcome would be to identify solutions to those challenges.

See how local clothing producer,  Hip Chick Design applies sustainable practices to their upcycled clothing and ready-to-wear line.  Hand crafted, using eco-conscious fibres, recycled or end of roll materials – all saved from ending up in landfill.  Learn more …

Engage community and businesses in evolving toward a sustainable city.

Our planet cannot sustain our current level of resource exploitation.  We will encourage local manufacturers and other businesses to adopt circular economy principles though innovative design. Our goal is to develop a strong network of businesses and community to build an understanding and trust in Circular Economy principles and how they can benefit businesses, consumers and the public.

Inspirational Canadian Circular Businesses & Reading:

We're Focusing On:

Enhancing the understanding of the Circular Economy principles, benefits and opportunities in Orillia’s public and business community. 

We want to 

  • Give support and recognition to Orillia businesses who are working on sustainability values and practices.
  • Create opportunities to work with businesses, one-on-one, to develop and implement sustainability practices
  • Encourage networking – for information sharing and a holistic view of progress across the business sector
  • Measure the number of people who engage with our awareness campaign.

Sector Chair – Audrey Bayens

Co-Chair – Jacobi Clarke

Join Us

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Donate and become a member of Sustainable Orillia. Be part of a growing movement. Your donation directly supports our programs, activities and publications.

Participate and volunteer. We need your help to make a difference.

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