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Environmental & Community Commitments

Blue Moose and its principals are supportive and actively involved with the issues of promoting balanced, environmentally and socially responsible policies and procedures, and in maintaining policies of environmental sustainability, both locally and globally, within our organization - and beyond where possible.

Sustainability Mission Statement - Respecting the limits of our planet's environment, resources and biodiversity to improve our environment and ensure that the natural resources needed for all life are unimpaired and remain so for future generations. Meeting the diverse needs of all people in existing and future communities, promoting personal well being and social cohesion and inclusion, and creating equal opportunity for all.

We are active supporters of the following organizations:

 

Plant A Tree Today - carbon credits are purchased to offset all Blue Moose vehicles and to offset all required air travel.

Click Here to find out more about this program and to learn how you may become involved yourself.

 

World Vision Canada - sponsored children (Nirojini) every month since 1997.

Click Here to find out more about this program and to learn how you may become involved yourself. 

 

BC Children's Hospital Foundation - active members and donors every month since 2003.

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World Wildlife Fund - active members and donors every month since 2001.

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Adopt an Animal - adopted a Tiger in and a Polar Bear.

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Adopt a Chimp - adopted 2 Chimpanzees (Jethro & Regis).

Most of us think chimps are cute. Well, they are. Reality is though, what we see on TV are only chimpanzee babies. After they are 4-6 years old they are just too large to handle. However they live to about 45 to 50+ years and get surprisingly large after which, they are often sold into medical research. Worse still, many are born into it, where they can live in cages for 40-50 years being used repeatedly for research and as biomedical guinea pigs.

The Fauna Foundation is a chimpanzee sanctuary in Canada and has been featured on PBS. All combined, the Fauna Foundation chimps survived approximately 250 years in biomedical research. The subjects of everything from liver biopsies to experimental HIV drugs, most have spent the majority of their lives in pain and isolation. However, these chimps are remarkably forgiving smart, gentle and, well, incredibly human-like.

One adult chimpanzee bit off three of his own fingers after medical experiments before arriving at Fauna. He was born into captivity and lead a life of medical experimentation. Finally released to the Fauna Foundation, after some time they let him outside onto a newly built island constructed so they could run wild but not escape. After 35 years, it was the first time he had looked at the world without the filter of bars and cages. It was the first time he had stood on grass - something other than concrete. It was remarkable, powerful and compelling.

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Ethical Funds - invested in socially and corporately responsible ethical funds since 1997.

 

  

Other:

Click Here to view letter of thanks from the Terry Fox Foundation 2010

Click Here to view letter of thanks from the Terry Fox Foundation 2011

Click Here to view letter of thanks from the Terry Fox Foundation 2012

Click Here to view letter of thanks from the Terry Fox Foundation 2015

Click Here to view letter of thanks from the Terry Fox Foundation 2016

Click Here to view letter of thanks from the Terry Fox Foundation 2018

  

BLUE MOOSE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES:

  • Active participants in Earth Hour each year.

  • Way back in 2008, in an ongoing commitment towards earnest sustainability and actively doing all we can to reduce our environmental footprint, Blue Moose worked to develop a paperless, virtual catalogue alternative and have encouraged others to do the same. We are so very pleased and proud to announce that we were the FIRST CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR to lead the way and do so. As you may know, we would go through hundreds, if not thousands, of catalogues each year, including our own annual Blue Moose Idea Book Catalogue. In 2009, the catalog industry as a whole sent out more than 20 BILLION catalogues - that's 67 catalogues for every man, woman, and child. Crazy. Endangered forests like the Canadian Boreal and the U.S. South are being devastated in the process. It takes millions of trees to produce the catalogue industry's appetite for mountains of catalogues that are simply disposed of each year. Worst of all, many of those catalogues have no recycled content and are discarded without ever being looked at. Sears alone produced around 425 MILLION catalogues in 2008 with their Lands' End and Sears brand catalogues.

  • Plant-A-Tree-Today - Carbon tax credits are purchased from PATT to offset carbon footprints of all Blue Moose vehicles and all required air travel.

  • World Vision Canada - sponsored children (Nirojini in Sri Lanka) every month since 1997.
  • BC Children's Hospital Foundation - active members and donors every month since 2003.
  • World Wildlife Fund - active members and donors every month since 2001. In 2007, through the WWF we helped to protect marine wildlife in the Grand Banks by pushing the NAFO to commit to a cod recovery strategy, fight climate change by pushing for increased standards for energy efficiency and reduced energy use, save endangered species like the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle, safeguard freshwater by helping to create Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area on Lake Superior and conserve forests by helping to secure protection of more than 10 million hectares of pristine wilderness in the Mackenzie River Basin.
  • Adopt an Animal - adopted a Tiger in 2003 and a Polar Bear in 2004 though WWF.
  • Adopt a Chimp - adopted 2 Chimpanzees (Jethro & Regis) in 2006 through the Fauna Foundation.
  • Nature Conservancy Canada - bought an acre in 2007.
  • Greenpeace - donated in 2007 to stop the Japanese whaling hunt plans to kill 1,000 whales including humpbacks.
  • Supported Haitian relief in 2010 via the Red Cross and World Vision Canada

  • Attend and support Ducks Unlimited events.
  • Governments at all levels (municipal, provincial and federal) are actively lobbied and challenged consistently to adopt greener policies and to both maintain and encourage practices of sustainability and congratulated and thanked when doing so.
  • Media such as radio, TV and newspapers are actively and consistently contacted to raise issues public awareness and the need for greener policies and environmental sustainability when there are perceived shortcoming such as the dangers that fish farms present towards the pending extinction of Pacific wild salmon.
  • All paper, plastic and glass products are recycled.
  • All industry suppliers and association members are actively encouraged to use recycled paper for printed material deemed necessary such as catalogues.
  • All green waste is composted.
  • Toner cartridges are recycled.
  • Computers are turned off each night except one computer which is backed up each night.
  • Hot water tanks are wrapped and insulated.
  • All lights possible switched to CFL's.
  • Christmas lights switched to LED's.
  • All new appliances are energy star appliances.

 

EXAMPLES OF SUSTAINABLE PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS:

  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Flower Seeds
  • USB drives (encourage paperless practices)
  • Biodegradable pens
  • Recycled paper pens
  • Recycled paper products (i.e. notebooks)
  • Gardening kits
  • Seeded bookmarks
  • Reusable lunch bags
  • Crank radios and flashlights (reduce batteries and waste)
  • Biodegradable balloons
  • Stapleless staplers
  • Earth shaped items
  • Stress balls - earth shaped, CFL's, recycle symbol
  • Key chains - earth shaped
  • Recycling garbage cans (also mini sized pen holders)
  • White boards (encourage paperless practices)
  • Books on going green and environmental issues
  • Colouring books on going green and environmental issues
  • Pedometers (to promote activity)
  • Yoga mats
  • Solar-powered pedometers
  • Recycled material products (lanyards, bags, caps ..)
  • Travel Mugs (reduce paper)
  • Biodegradable cups
  • Organic options for clothing, bags, caps - cotton, bamboo, hemp.

Many more options available - talk with a Blue Moose Representative today

Other note-worthy links:

 

Please let us know if you think we could be doing more today!

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