Donald’s Market: Supporting Local Suppliers & Greening Operations

Donald’s Market is a local family-owned grocery store owned by three brothers and a friend. The newest of the Donald’s locations is in River Market New Westminster, is run by Eric Siu. At Donald’s Market you won’t find many mainstream brands. What you will find is a focus on providing more local products, economical organics, and environmentally friendly cleaning, and health and beauty products.
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: Donald’s Market will always look to purchase local …

Buy it Forward this year by purchasing from Social Enterprises

Getting ready for the holidays? Enterprising Non-Profits, the BC Partners for Social Impact, Buy Social Canada and LOCO BC are teaming up to encourage you to put a reason into your purchases this season.
When purchasing your holiday treats and gifts this year, think about choosing to buy them from a social enterprise.
When you buy from a social enterprise you’re buying a gift that has three times the impact. Along with wonderful gifts for family and …

#BCBuyLocal Holiday Gift Guide

Here are some great ideas for holiday gift shopping all from businesses that are owned in BC! Be a local champion and buy gifts from locally owned businesses or look for products that are made and grown in BC.
Check out the #BCbuylocal holiday gift guide.

Modo: Leading Car Sharing in North America & Enabling Local Community Organizations

Modo is a member-owned not-for-profit carsharing co-op with 300+ locations in Metro Vancouver. It started in Vancouver’s West End in 1997, was the first carsharing co-operative in North America and the first English-speaking carshare in the world! Modo helped carsharing start up on four continents, and they continue to lend a helping hand whenever they can. Modo donates carsharing to support the great work of more than 60 local organizations, including Take a Hike Foundation, Qmunity, Eastside Culture Crawl …

Five Holiday Essentials You’d Be Better Off Buying Locally

Just in time for Buy Local Week, our suggestions for a holly, jolly, socially responsible celebration.
By Jesse Donaldson, 1 Dec 2014,
The Christmas season is almost upon us, and with it a slew of turkey dinners, Christmas carols, figgy puddings, and of course that most beloved of holiday traditions, spending approximately $1,500 on your friends and loved ones.
But the first week of December is also the time for a more recent seasonal tradition: the …

Aphrodite’s Organic Café & Pie Shop: Committed to Organic and Local

Aphrodite’s Organic Café and Pie Shop was founded in 2002 by Allan Christian. He was working and living on the Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op in the Fraser Valley. He first opened the Pie Shop and then 1 year later he opened the café, harvesting vegetables from the farm to serve in the restaurant. His daughter Peggy took over when Allan passed away in 2008. She is committed to keeping her father’s legacy alive by continuing to bring local … Changing the Catering Business through Locally Sourced Foods and Compostable Packaging was created as a greener and tastier alternative to the usual catered fare, delivered in environmentally unsustainable packaging to offices. As a co-owner of Tacofino,’s CEO Ryan Spong brought his passions for local slow-food, environmental sustainability and collaboration with local partners to to create a catering concierge that curates best-in-class restaurants that share’s values. All their restaurant partners are also committed to local sourcing and compostable packaging. In keeping with its commitment to source …

Lunapads: A Mission-Driven, Local Company that Makes a Difference, Locally and Globally

Launched in 1993 by Madeleine Shaw, Lunapads—known for its eco-friendly, body-positive, reusable menstrual products—is a local, women-owned and operated business with both a local and global impact. A certified B Corp since 2012, Lunapads won the Small Business BC Community Impact Award in 2013, and has been a LOCO BC member for two years. Lunapads is driven by a social mission to:
1.Enable women to develop more positive and informed relationships to both their bodies and the Earth;
2.Empower girls …