There are many ways to be a sustainable consumer in Golden

Many people are coming up with ways to connect businesses and consumers on making more sustainable choices.

Mollie King is a Golden resident, and an Ocean Bridge Ambassador for the 2019/20 cohort.

Ocean Bridge is a pan-Canadian program engaging youth in ocean conservation and ocean literacy service work. Ocean Bridge is a joint program between Ocean Wise and the Canada Service Corps.

As a youth ambassador, she hopes to raise awareness and educate others on sustainable consumer choices within Golden’s community.

“I am currently undertaking a service project that highlights sustainable consumer options, and recycling and re-use facilities within Golden,” King explained. “I am highlighting local businesses that offer sustainable and/or green options for consumers. It is my hope that this list will be translated into an online platform in the form of a map, that will illuminate green consumer options in our community.”

Already, King is working closely with Bacchus Cafe, Double Black Cafe, Eat Pure, Purcell Coffee, and Apple Island Naturals.

“Right now, I am making relationships with businesses and doing research. The website will be developed over the summer, and I hope to unveil it for public in mid November,” King said.

She hopes that list will grow as more businesses become aware of her initiative.

“I have been really encouraged by the interest from businesses so far. There are many places in town that are thinking about sustainability and making small but revolutionary efforts toward reducing waste,” she said. “I am very open to working with any businesses in town which are providing sustainable options.”

King is also looking to find young adults, ages 18 to 30 in the community who are interested in helping with the project.

There are a number of ways that residents can make the move to become more eco-friendly and sustainable as well. King suggests that everyone should look into the bottle depot, as some items are able to be recycled there, but not in the blue bin at their homes, like glass. Residents can also receive cash back for recycling certain items at the bottle depot, which is located on 11th Avenue S., across from Jita’s Cafe. King also says that backyard compost programs are also a great place to start, to divert food scraps from the landfill and save money on soil and fertilizer.

“I want to emphasize waste reduction as a primary goal,” she said, adding that reduce, reuse, recycle is a hierarchy.

The Canada Service Corps is an organization for young Canadians building a better Canada.

“Young Canadians want big things for themselves, their communities, and their country. That’s why we’re building a program that gives you the opportunity to service, while learning valuable skills and gaining experience,” Canada Service Corps states on their website. “Service is a commitment to yourself and the community in which you serve to build a better Canada.”

King works with more than 40 other youth who represent the socio-economic diversity of Canada, and help develop and deliver volunteer service projects in their local communities that target specific areas of ocean conservation ocean health, and ocean literacy.

To become involved with King’s project, either as a business, or a young adult, contact her at mollierose.king@gmail.com.

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