Vancouver Island's EcoStar Awards recognize businesses that are leaders in environmental achievements.
Last night at The Inn at Laurel Point, fifteen awards were presented to local Entrepreneurs. The awards were organized this year by Jill Doucette of Synergy Enterprises, who work with businesses to create environmental plans, and track and achieve goals like carbon neutrality, waste reduction and ethical sourcing.
Big Wheel Burger won Greenest Restaurant (under 25 staff).
Their local hormone free meat, carbon neutral operations and tons of low impact choices make them a great example of how fast food should look. And taste. Read all about their initiatives here. If you haven't been, their burgers are classic 50s drive-in style, with great fries and shakes to go with them.
Prima Strada won Greenest Restaurant (more than 25 staff).
Carbon neutral operations, and local sourcing for their best in the city pizzas and other dishes is a great reason to support the crew at Prima Strada.
Habit Coffee won the award for Transportation.
Transportation is a big challenge for food, especially on an island. You may've seen their cargo bike around town, carting coffee and supplies between their two shops. Read more about their commitment to carbon neutral operations and sustainability initiatives here.
Eco-Preneur of the Year went to Abeego.
Toni Desrosiers and her Partner and Husband Colin make beeswax based reusable food wrap that you must try. I use it to wrap cheese, leftovers, cover dishes and layer fruit in the freezer when I'm flash freezing. It keeps food looking and feeling so much better than plastic. Abeego is working to make a big dent in the plastic consumption in our kitchens, find it at local retailers or shop online. Get it for all the food loving hippies you know. And non hippies. Seriously, it's so great.