As a program of the environmental non-profit Light House and serving as a platform that facilitates access to resources between organizations and optimizes what they already own, our newest business member, Light House’s circular tool, BizBiz Share BC, is definitely in line with the circular economy by sharing and not wasting resources! 

Interview with Hilal Savas, Circular Economy Specialist and BizBiz Share BC program manager at Light House Sustainability Society.

Why did you join Modo, and what are you planning to use your membership for?

We want to encourage our team to use alternative transportation to commute to and from work. We work a lot with the building industry and often have to attend meetings (pre-COVID) or visit construction sites. Our Modo business membership will help our team to travel to those off-site meetings and visits. It is also more economical and convenient for us when it comes to managing our expenses.

Most importantly, our mission and values align with Modo as promoting the sharing economy and supporting communities fall under our mandate “to create regenerative built environments that nurture ecological and human health.”

Any story behind the inception of Biz Biz Share BC?

In response to new business realities brought on by the pandemic, Light House was looking for ways to bring an online business-to-business resource marketplace to British Columbia and supplement our existing in-person resource-matching workshops. When we found out about BizBiz Share, we saw the potential to offer local businesses another opportunity to reuse or share.

BizBiz Share BC

Developed in Québec five years ago, BizBiz Share first emerged as an idea in the Alberta oil sands and is now successfully operating in BC and Ontario. Unlike traditional “person-to-person” online marketplaces, BizBiz Share BC allows businesses to buy, sell, donate, and share surplus materials, equipment, and underutilized resources with other organizations using single-click financial transactions. From negotiation to transportation – everything is arranged right within the platform.

How can Modo members get involved or support your organization and partners?

Modo members are already part of the sharing economy!

Our BizBiz Share BC membership can extend this involvement to include sharing other resources, like storage, office space or equipment. It’s also a market exchange platform to buy, sell and donate goods at whatever scale they need. Joining BizBiz BC is easy: Modo members can go to bc.bizbizshare.com to create a company profile and upload resources or request things they need. The platform can help Modo business members reduce cost, increase revenue, and reduce waste! We can even connect them with research experts to help develop and test new products made from waste.

We currently have more than 500 resources listed, from equipment, material, tools, warehouse space, office share to agricultural waste and discontinued food items. Learn how to join here.

What was the main change you noticed in the circular economy landscape during this past year?

COVID-19 highlighted to many the flaws in our linear non-local economy. We have seen significant supply chain disruptions affecting our lives and businesses. Moving toward a local, circular economy will help reduce pressure on the environment, improve the supply chain’s resilience, and stimulate innovation.

The most exciting project your team worked on for BizBiz Share BC?

Many amazing projects have been facilitated through BizBiz Share BC so far. Some exciting examples include reclaiming wood from demolition sites to build movie sets and trade show booths, turning food waste into the natural ingredients used in cosmetic manufacturing, and creating new ice cream flavours from discontinued tea leaves.

We are excited to see more businesses take the initiative in building more sustainable supply chains, business partnerships, and local communities through material sharing and exchange. 

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