Sustainability, Transparency and Accountability in the Souvenir Shop Industry

Thanks to RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) and Embark Sustainability's Social Innovation Seed Fund, Woodpickers launched an online shop and developed a manufacturing process that is locally sourced and hand made. Michelle Chen, SFU Bachelor of Environment graduate explains:

"Our idea for Woodpickers [began] in 2015 as an SFU Change Lab project called Wood Source Co-op, where myself and three other interdisciplinary students teamed up to reduce landfill wood waste by connecting material users with suppliers to strengthen the circular economy in Strathcona, Vancouver. Our project inspired me to apply what I’ve learned to Woodpickers. Now two years later, my partner James and I are excited to combine our love for the environment as SFU Faculty of Environment grads with our shared experience in tourism, retail, woodworking, and design, to introduce a line of sustainable souvenirs into the Vancouver tourism market."

Woodpickers is a social enterprise that diverts wood waste from landfills by upcycling scraps like pallets and flooring into west coast inspired souvenirs. Read the full story on the RADIUS website!

Feeling inspired? Apply today to the Social Innovation Seed Fund — deadline is Friday, October 13.