After the reviewing of several talented, ambitious and empowering female candidates for our Earth Award this year we came to a decision. Meet Kayli Dale - the winner of our 2021 Terrera Earth Award! Kayli is the founder of A Friendlier Company, a zero-waste initiative to eliminate the use of single-use plastics in food packaging.
Here's her story:
How it All Began
About The Company
A Friendlier Company launched our reusable food packaging system in October 2020, and we’ve been growing ever since. We developed a QR-code tracking system that is integrated with our mobile app to track the reusable packaging and make our system as convenient and accessible as possible for all consumers. We provide food service businesses with reusable packaging, then collect, wash and sanitize, and redistribute it to create a closed-loop system. By keeping products in circulation, we not only reduce waste, but we reduce resource consumption, energy for manufacturing and end-of-life, and energy for transportation.
Running an Eco-Startup Amidst a Pandemic
We’ve reused over 8000 containers so far, eliminating 880 lbs of waste and 3085 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions. It has been difficult to get funding for our project, as we launched right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when most funding was given to existing businesses affected by lockdowns. We have worked incredibly hard to achieve what we have so far. We’ve received $5000 from Seeding Our Food Future in Guelph, however that is the extent of our funding. Up until this point, we have only been offering reusable takeout containers.
How the $1000 Terrera Earth Award Grant will further A Friendlier Company
The $1000 grant would allow us to start reusing coffee cups as well. We are looking to start a pilot project with reusable cups in September 2021. The grant would go towards our initial inventory of cups, and marketing/educational material for consumers about the system.