Donating our products to nonprofit and civic organizations that are making their communities a better place is one of the most rewarding things we do.
One of the many wonderful organizations we supported last year was the Lyons Community Foundation. Lyons is our neighbor to the north, and was devastated by flooding in 2013. While we always appreciate the opportunity to care for our nearby communities, we were especially honored to help those impacted by this catastrophic weather event.
Created in 2008, the Lyons Community Foundation “exists to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving, and encourage positive change in the Greater Lyons Area.” On June 17, 2015, they hosted their Hometown Hoedown, a family-friendly event that raised money for the LCF grant fund, which supports community projects such as health fairs, Meals on Wheels, local schools, and more.
Nearly 250 attendees enjoyed a BBQ, games, square dancing, laser tag, panning for gold, hula hoops, a raffle, and other fun activities. The event brought in about $22,000, and thanks to donations such as ours, expenses were kept to a minimum. Over $17,000 in net proceeds went to the foundation to fund its important work.
What makes this story even better is that the compostable GreenStripe products we donated allowed the Hoedown to prevent as much material as possible from going to the landfill. Eco-Cycle, a local non-profit dedicated to creating a zero waste world, hauled the food scraps and compostable packaging to Western Disposal, a local commercial composter. Western processed this organic material into valuable soil amendment that will be used to grow new vegetation. Had it gone to the landfill, these food scraps would have rotted and emitted methane, a potent greenhouse gas. No landfill + reduced emissions + healthy soil. Talk about a win-win-win.