Sustain-a-Brew: Squamish, BC
Sustain-a-brew was an experimental project in 2018 engaging citizens in the town of Squamish active in upcycling for waste reduction purposes, it began with focuses on upcycling brewery waste, but it evolved.
Throughout Spring and Summer 2018 we worked with five volunteers and Backcountry Brewing to use malt bags (destined for the landfill) to create bags to carry growlers. They were sold at the brewery for $5 and were very well received by many, 32 growler bags were sold.
In April 2018, we hosted a sustainability talks workshop with students at Coast Mountain Academy, we educated them about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and they created costumes and reusable bags out of waste malt bags from the brewery. We published a blog post about it here: https://communityaccelerators.com/2018/06/30/sustainability-talks-and-upcycling-workshops/
In June 2018, we partnered with Outdoor Explore and Kathleen Lane Consulting to co-facilitate a workshop called “Making the Global Goals Local”. We used the world cafe facilitation technique to get 22 community members (many youths) talking about SDG priorities for Squamish. Kathleen published this outcome report
Next, we worked with Pearl’s thirft store, to smooth their transition from plastic bags, to bring your own reusable bags. We prepared stickers for their customers to place in their car or house to remind them to remember their reusable bags.
Finally, in December 2018 we partnered with Squamish Climate Action Network to host a Christmas Decoration Upcycling event, four volunteers from Squamish CAN championed and facilitate this event. 25 people attended and created beautiful christmas snowflakes out of paper towel rolls, and mini christmas trees out of sticks and buttons and twine that were diverted from the landfill.
This project was funded by the Cooperators through the Youth Sustainability IMPACT program.