How did your business come to life?
When I arrived to Alberta from the Maritimes, I was still quite young and quite broke. After working a series of entry-level jobs in Canmore, the clear path was to strike out on my own. Back then, almost 20 years ago, Recycling Services were still hard to come by—especially in out-of-the-way places. So, Flying Pigs was born to meet that growing need.
In two or less sentences tell us about Flying Pigs Environmental Services?
We collaborate with commercial clients to advance mutual goals for sustainability. Our team offers basic collection as well as environmental consulting, always delivering service with friendliness and reliability.
What is one ripple effect you desire to create?
We would like to spread awareness about the fact that financial ambitions and environmental goals can work together. The businesses we support save effort and money when it comes to waste management, while helping to create a zero-waste Alberta.
1 piece of advice for new business owners and entrepreneurs starting up in the Bow Valley?
In a tightly knit community like ours, business is never just business. People tend to relate to each and the environment here with a lot of care and thoughtfulness. So, if someone focuses on kindness and community support, success will likely follow from that.
1 shout-out to a local business/entrepreneur that has inspired you during your journey of being a business owner?
In terms of green businesses in the Bow Valley, I think first of our valued client Rocky Mountain Soap Company. They create steady local jobs, run a finely tuned operation, and produce their products in an environmentally responsible way. Owner and CEO Karina Birch has shown local leadership with her level of commitment to sustainability and ethically sourcing ingredients.