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Entrepreneur Goes From Living in His Truck, To Making a Deal in ‘The Den’

Entrepreneur Anthony Jones successfully closed a deal with two Dragon’s Den investors on the November 20, 2013 airing of the show. Jones, thrilled at the outcome, explains how he lived out of his half-ton truck when he first started, to build the business literally from the ground up.

“I remember waking up from the sound of the engine running in my half-ton truck at 5am after a night of sleeping in the back seat. I would park every evening at the local truck stop and I would prepare the back seat with the two “large doggy pillows” that I had scrambled for the cash to purchase, (my reason for the doggy pillows was that they are packed with hay and insulation so not to create dampness and humidity,) lay down my sleeping bag, put on my sweatpants, hooded sweater, 2 layers of socks, turn up the radio and fall asleep. When I woke up, I would climb into the front seat and drive to the local YMCA, use the facilities, shower, gym and bathroom – I would get cleaned up and would head off to work. I would buy food that didn’t have a shelf life and would only eat when I needed because I was more worried about having enough money to purchase fuel to stay warm…that was my priority. After a long day’s work I would repeat the same routine.”

Jones is no stranger to business, in fact, prior to starting “Hunky Haulers” he successfully ran a commercial sub-contracting construction company at the age of 19, with $600 to his name. By the time he was 29, they were up to $20 million in labor contracts ($300 million in labor and supply signed contracts to fulfill.) As a result, Jones moved his operations outside of Canada and set up his business in the United States. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2008 when the recession hit, Anthony had to liquidate this business in order to ensure he could make payroll due to uncollectable receivables. By January of 2009, he had to lay off over 200 union men and women employees and start from scratch.

“When I lost my business in 2009 after the recession – I remember thinking, now what? Now it’s going to get hard, what do I do? I started Hunky Haulers in March of 2011 based on an idea to be in a business that would allow me the opportunity to serve the community and give back, I wanted to create something that changed the way people looked at the service industry – the way the service industry looked at the community and the way we empowered businesses, people, churches, charities, ideas, sports programs – around us” said Anthony Jones, CEO of Hunky Haulers. “When I received the email from the producers of CBC’s hit show – Dragons Den, I immediately was excited but was nervous and scared because I didn’t know how I could afford to get there –I mustered up the courage, the little money I had and started driving, didn’t look back and the rest is history. The most important thing that I learned from this experience is that EVERYTHING that is most important to you – that matters the most, WILL fit into a half ton truck, everything else in life is trivial…”

About Hunky Haulers
Hunky Haulers® offers a full-service Clutter Cleanup Crew that has an edge on the market.

They aren’t your average junk removal company; they don’t look at their community neighbor’s items as “junk.” There are memories associated with every item, so they like to consider what they do as “Clutter Cleanup” and creating a fresh start for these items. They offer a NO OBLIGATION on-site free estimate and are proud to be able to give our customers 100% satisfaction and service at more than 15% – 20% cheaper rate than their competition.

Hunky Haulers® corporate culture and policies are centered around social awareness and being a community leader. They work with a number of local, national and international charities.

About Dragon’s Den
Launching a business is no small task. No matter how big an idea you think you have, it still takes a lot of work and a ton of cash. Enter the Dragons’ Den, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls who have the cash and the know-how to make it happen. They’ve all been there themselves, so you better not enter the Den unprepared. It takes more than passion to convince these boardroom barons that your idea is worth their investment. The Dragons are ruthless and rightly so – it’s their own personal money on the line.

DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at CBC and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and encores Sundays at 9 p.m.

If you are interested in speaking to any of the Dragons or host Dianne Buckner, please feel free to contact Erin Richards at CBC, (416) 205 7994, Erin.Richards@cbc.ca.

Contact Details: Website: www.hunkyhaulers.com
Toll Free: 1-855-438-4865
Direct: 604-355-4865
anthony@hunkyhaulers.com
Mail: Suite 205 – 17750 Hwy10
Cloverdale, B.C. V3S1K4 Canada
The Hunk Quarters: Suite 469 – 604 Columbia St.
New Westminster, B.C. V3M1A5 Canada

For more information about this topic, Hunky Haulers Corporate Giving Strategies, or to schedule an interview with Anthony Jones, CEO of Hunky Haulers, call (778) 549-3419 or email Marco Pasqua, Director of Corporate Giving and PR at marco@hunkyhaulers.com

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Indianapolis To Be Site Of Premier Green Building And Sustainability Conference In May 2012

The Indiana Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) is host for the 9th annual ‘Greening the Heartland’ Regional Conference (GTH2012) at the Indianapolis Convention Center from May 16th to 18th of this year. Over 1200 attendees from the 12 state Heartland Region are expected. Building industry professionals, business community leaders, nonprofit organizations, educators and students will be arriving in Indianapolis to collaborate on green building and sustainable growth. With a comprehensive format including keynote and break out education sessions, a large exhibit hall, along with various networking events, the 3 day program is anticipated to be one of the largest assemblies of green-minded professionals and citizens ever held in Indiana.

This year’s theme for GTH2012 Building Community is intended to emphasize the diversity of people, businesses, and municipalities coming together to share vision and solutions for sustainable Heartland communities in which to work, play, learn and live. The GTH2012 programming focus specifically explores the interdependent elements of true community sustainability as characterized by the conference tagline: watts, water, waste and wheels. “Whereas green building projects are ideal components of sustainable community design, their ultimate advantage relies on addressing critical pathways and infrastructure for clean energy, clean water, a sustainable means of arrival, and the efficient use of material resources while minimizing waste. GTH2012 attendees will gain a greater understanding of these concepts and similar environmental and economic trends of the maturing 21st century” said Mac Williams, Conference Co-Chair and Indiana Chapter Board member. The theme reflects bringing people together to share visions and solutions for sustainable communities in which we work, play, learn and live.

The conference brings nationally renowned keynote speakers Charles Fishman, journalist and author of ‘The Big Thirst’ and Jeremy Rifkin, economist/futurist and author of ‘The Third Industrial Revolution’. A final keynote presentation will feature the new Wishard/Eskenazi Health hospital project in Indianapolis now pursuing LEED® Silver certification making it one of the greenest hospital facilities in the nation. Multi track educational sessions featuring more than forty additional speakers offer continuing education units for interested professionals. USGBC Indiana is especially excited to hold this conference in downtown Indianapolis following the urban success story of SB2012. Plans are underway to feature some of the greening efforts of that event including the design of the SB Village and legacy projects. In addition, tour access and information will be presented on key LEED® certified buildings within Indianapolis. For more information, visit www.greeningtheheartland.org or email at info@greeningtheheartland.org.

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Children Teaching Grown-Ups A Lesson Or Two About Green Issues

Children are resorting to “green pester power”, pushing their parents to act more sustainably – and their efforts are paying off, according to a new report published yesterday (20 September).

Half of parents say they struggle to answer their children’s questions about green issues – more than half for instance, incorrectly put the blame for climate change on carbon monoxide.

But six in ten say their children are persuading them to be greener, with recycling, conserving water and leaving the car at home among the things their offspring are asking them to do most often…and when they’re pressured, 95 per cent of them change their behaviour as a result.

The study is published by The Co-operative, to mark the official launch of its Green Schools Revolution (GSR) educational programme, which forms part of its groundbreaking Ethical Plan. The programme will meet the needs of information-hungry children, who rate green issues a close third in terms of learning priorities just behind Maths and English.

More than four in five parents believe their children learn more about the environment at school than they did – two in five say they were taught nothing about the issues at all.

The Co-operative Group says it has been “overwhelmed” by the pre-registration demand for the programme’s range of teaching materials from more than 2,500 primary and secondary schools across the UK, caring for over one million children.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Sustainability at the Co-operative Group said: “We are lucky that our youngsters have such a tremendous appetite to learn more about green issues and make a difference.

“Through our Green Schools Revolution programme, we hope to do our bit to help the thousands of switched on teachers who want to ensure the next generation are better equipped for the challenge of building a more sustainable world. However, parents aren’t off the hook – clearly they need extra homework and the programme will put children in a good position to teach them.”

Farmer and television presenter, Jimmy Doherty is launching the programme with the help of schoolchildren at a London primary school. He said: “As a parent, a farmer, and an enthusiastic advocate of sustainable living, I think it is vitally important to educate our children about green issues from an early age. I’ve been passionate about the environment since I was a teenager, but back then there was little information around to inspire others to change, so I’m delighted to see that The Co-operative is launching its Green Schools Revolution programme, which offers so much to encourage children to consider their environmental impact as second nature.”

From today, all GSR schools across the country will have access to a wide range of free cross-curricular classroom resources and activities through www.greenschools.coop, giving young people and teachers the tools to inspire change in their schools, homes and local communities.

The Co-operative is offering schools free fun and educational visits to its own wind farm to see renewable energy in action and to seven Co-operative Farms to see firsthand how food grows and how to cook it. Schools will be able to take advantage of free high visibility jackets to help set up “walking buses” for pupils, helping both schools and parents to take practical action to cut their carbon emissions.

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Award Win Highlights Slingsby’s Green Credentials

BAILDON based industrial and commercial equipment supplier, Slingsby, has seen off competition from across the region to win Business in the Community’s (BITC) Yorkshire and Humber Long Term Environmental Improvement Award.

The company was joint winner with Hallmark Cards and had its environmental performance in key areas benchmarked against a wide range of other leading businesses throughout Yorkshire and the Humber. The companies that displayed the most consistent year-on-year improvements over the last three years then made it through to the finals.

Dominic Slingsby, Managing Director of Slingsby explains: “We’re delighted to win this award. In recent years we have been firmly committed to reducing our environmental impact and we continually look at where and how further improvements can be made. We’ve installed high quality insulation throughout our premises, de-stratification fans that recirculate high level warm air, aluminium framed double glazed window units and we even reshape trees that block natural light.

“In addition we have recycling stations across our premises and use compactors that reduce the skips we need for waste and enable us to recycle approximately five tonnes of plastic each year. As well as the environmental benefits these initiatives also reduce costs which is good news for the company as a whole.”

Slingsby, which has more than 110 employees, supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries through its catalogue, website and trade counter and has previously won BITC’s Carbon Reduction Award.

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Recycle.co.uk Helps People Get Cash for Old Mobile Phones

As more and more mobile phone users look to upgrade their handsets for smarter models on a regular basis, dedicated recycling website Recycle.co.uk is helping people to exchange their unwanted handsets for money. The site allows consumers to compare exchange prices for phones online before swapping them for money.

Recycle.co.uk Helps People Get Cash for Old Mobile Phones

The website operates as a forum which allows people to advertise unwanted items for free, so owners of unwanted mobile phones can use the free recycle comparison scheme to swap their old handsets for money rather than leaving them sat in a drawer or a cupboard.

The leading phone recycling programs lets owners of all kinds of phones swap them for money, including top brands like Nokia, Apple iPhone, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Blackberry, Motorola and Siemens. Among the companies which offer money for old handsets on the website are Argos and Boots, who even offer owners more than the phone is worth in vouchers for their stores.

Gareth Robinson, spokesperson for Recycle.co.uk, comments, “At Recycle.co.uk we love helping people put unwanted consumer items to good use, whether that means making money from them or not. Our scheme which lets people recycle mobile phones for cash is proving hugely popular with users.”

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Re-launched Recycle.co.uk Helps Consumers Put Surplus Items to Good Use

Specialist consumer goods recycling portal Recycle.co.uk has this week announced a re-launch of its offering to give consumers an improved goods recycling service. The website lets people promote their unwanted consumer items to other people who might have a use for them and also helps people to make money from outdated mobile phones instead of throwing them away.

The site carries all manner of consumer products which people can recycle, from electronic items to electrical white goods and computer kit. People who have goods that they no longer need can quickly and easily find people who actually need that item and therefore put it to better use than throwing it away. Recycle.co.uk operates with an environmental mission to help reduce landfill usage in the UK.

People can advertise their items for recycling for free on the website, and the recently re-launched site now offers users better services than ever. Every advertiser can now list their own unique contact ‘phone number on the site and users are able to sign up for email alerts when an item they have requested is published for exchange on the site.

The site also allows tailoring of searches to let users find the relevant items available for exchange closest to their home address. So if a user is interested in mobile phone recycling via the site, they are quickly and easily able to find people who live near them prepared to take a phone off their hands.

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Golden Group Seeks ‘Smart’ Green Disposal With New Sani SAC Product

Golden Group International, Ltd. (GGI) recently introduced a unique sanitary disposal bag for public restrooms that is expected to drastically reduce plumbing problems and improve restroom cleanliness, while providing a “smart” green solution for companies and individuals who want to both prevent waste and pollution.

Sani SAC™, a sanitary, sealable, degradable plastic bag, is the company’s environmentally friendly solution for the disposal of tampons/napkins, diapers and other similar items in public restrooms. GGI has created a 50-bag box, a 125-bag roll and a 5-bag handi-pack. The degradable bags break down in landfills within 12 to 18 months. By using them, companies keep the disposed items from winding up in sewers, and leading to waterways and oceans when sewers overflow.

Jackie Transue, President of GGI, said she had the idea for founding GGI in 2007 while traveling on business as the president of her own mortgage company. She said practically every restroom in several states had a sign in the women’s room requesting disposal of sanitary items in wastebaskets instead of toilets.

“The light bulb went off and I thought that there must be a better solution than wasting so much toilet paper for wrapping tampons or napkins,” Ms. Transue said.“Also, sometimes women are embarrassed to place items in a wastebasket– that’s why they are tempted to flush them.”

While some bathrooms contain disposal areas for sanitary napkins/tampons, typically they are lined by a waxed paper bag, which does not address the waste of wrapping the items in toilet paper. The waxed bags are intrinsically less environmentally responsible than the Sani SAC™. According to Golden Group studies, the average menstruating female uses one extra roll of toilet paper during menstruation for the purpose of feminine hygiene disposal alone. During her lifetime, she would use an additional 450 rolls of toilet paper for this purpose. That translates to 9.5 trees per woman. Based on that, the 125 million current menstruating females would account for 380 million trees cut down for toilet paper used for this disposal over 35-40 years, the average menstrual lifetime.

One of the areas where the Sani SAC™ could make a major impact is in reducing the amount of tampon applicators that end up in the ocean, Ms. Transue said. She notes that the Ocean Conservancy’s 2009 report, “A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris,” cites medical/personal hygiene items, such as tampons and tampon applicators, disposable diapers and syringes, as one of the greatest categories of debris, entering the oceans through sewer systems. The United States is one of the worst offenders in this area, with tampon applicators and medical debris comprising 5% of its ocean pollution, compared to a worldwide average of 1%.

Sani SAC™ bags are made from polyethylene and an additive, which utilizes a unique ion prodegradant system that will cause a high level of controlled degradation in the finished product after a period of light exposure. The bags ultimately degrade into CO2, H2O and biomass, whether they wind up in a landfill or other avenue of the waste stream. The non-toxic bags are harmless to humans, animals or plant life.

Kevin Hanna, co-founder and Vice President of GGI, said the company’s product is an example of a “smart” green effort because it promotes sustainability, while also breaking down harmlessly.

Transue notes that Sani SAC™ is superior to paper not only in terms of green aspects, but also because it is stronger, more sanitary and more private.

“It is double-layered, so it is opaque and is very sturdy,” Ms. Transue said. “A waxed bag can tear easily and does not seal. If you need to carry the Sani SAC™ bag in your purse or luggage, it is very compact, as it is available in a convenient 5-bag pack. If you need to use the Sani SAC™ bag and don’t find there is a place to dispose of it, you can put it in your purse to throw away later.”

Currently in use by many institutional and governmental janitorial services, Sani SAC™ reduces plumbing repair costs in these facilities caused by clogged pipes, according to Mr. Hanna. Plumbing costs range from $70 to $135 per hour in the United States, and could run higher in an emergency situation on a weekend or holiday.

“The reduction of plumbing expenses to relieve clogged toilets and pipes, the reduction of paper waste, the avoidance of clean-up and the priceless value of not losing the use of the restroom in a busy restaurant or a rentable hotel room make this a cost-effective product for the hospitality industry, among others,” Mr. Hanna said.

The products have the added benefit of protecting janitorial staff from exposure to disposed items that potentially could carry dangerous viruses or bacteria. These items include sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, adhesive bandages, wipes and diapers.

The reactions by women who have used Sani SAC™ have been overwhelmingly positive.

“They appreciate the convenience, hygiene and opportunity to be discreet,” Ms. Transue said. “Up until the introduction of this product and our effort to bring awareness to the issues, many women did not understand the environmental impact of flushing these items. It was ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for many people, but once we explain the environmental and plumbing impact, they are eager to do their part.”

“This creates good will and overall customer satisfaction for businesses,” Mr. Hanna said. “The environmental benefit, too, will help save in clean-up costs and in the damage to our waterways and to marine life. By keeping costs down with products such as Sani SAC™, hotels can pass along the savings in the form of lower rates to their customers.”

The company’s goal is no less than to become a household name in green disposal. “I expect that the Sani SAC™ will be in most eco-friendly hotels, offices, restaurants and public spaces within the next year as they become aware of it,” Ms. Transue said. “We hope to reach every household soon after.”

Golden Group International, Ltd. (GGI) is a leading provider of quality sanitary and environmentally safe disposal bags, catering to institutional, sports arena, restaurant and hotel industries. Founded in 2008, GGI has earned certifications from the Green Business Association and the “Green” Hotels Association® for its degradable products. The New York-based company has also created a retail line of Sani SAC™ products to meet home demand.

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NS&I Is Delighted To Be Named As The First Customer Within The Government To Meet Sustainable Mail™ Environmental Standards

National Savings and Investments (NS&I), the government-backed savings provider, is delighted to be named as the first customer within the Government to meet Sustainable Mail™ environmental standards.

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Sustainable Mail™ has been designed by Royal Mail to help businesses increase the use of environmentally-friendly materials in mailings, while reducing the amount of mail in the waste stream. With almost 27 million customers, NS&I regularly uses direct mail to communicate with customers. The new service will help the financial provider minimise the environmental impact of its direct mail campaigns. Another benefit of signing up to the Royal Mail’s new bulk mail service is a lower price tariff.

Tim Mack, Head of Marketing and Communications at NS&I, stated: “We welcomed and encouraged Royal Mail’s development of Sustainable Mail(tm) and are proud to meet the criteria and pleased to save money on postage costs.”

To qualify for the Sustainable Mail™ product, mailers must meet one or both of the specification requirements – entry level, where prices of up to 2% below normal Mailsort tariffs are available, or intermediate level where this increases to 4.7%.

Matthew Neilson, Head of Environmental Solutions at Royal Mail, said: “There has been tremendous interest in the Sustainable Mail™ service and we are delighted to name NS&I as the first Government organisation to use this service for their direct mail campaigns.”

Sustainable Mail™, along with the Responsible Mail™ product offered by Royal Mail’s Wholesale division, are the first services available that are consistent with the forthcoming BSI standard for Environmental Performance for Direct Marketing. The standard, PAS 2020, was announced in January with the backing of Royal Mail as well the Direct Marketing Association, Acxiom and advertising organisation ISBA.

NS&I produces all its direct marketing material in association with integrated agency Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw. The agency was appointed in January 2008 to provide direct marketing and direct response services. NS&I expects to post its first direct mailings using the Sustainable Mail™ product in July 2009.

About National Savings and Investments
NS&I is one of the UK’s largest financial providers with almost 27 million customers and over £94 billion invested. It is best known for Premium Bonds, but also offers Inflation-Beating Savings, Guaranteed Equity Bonds and Children’s Bonus Bonds in its range. All products offer 100% security, because NS&I is backed by HM Treasury.

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UK Recyclers Get Battle Footage To Help Them Out…

The film “Bin vs Printer” has been unleashed by WRAP to highlight the need and facilities for recycling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. (WEEE)

Hosted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUEPWF_mBQw the minute-long animation recreates a tarantino-eque duel between an obsolete printer and a wheelie bin. The aim of the film is to remind people not just to bin their waste electrical goods, but instead to recycle them- there is also URL supplied at which people can find out where they can do this at http://www.dontbinitbringit.org/

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations are in place across Europe and local authorities, with the help of major electrical retailers, have joined forces to provide facilities for the re-use of electrical components.

According to research conducted recently, 30 per cent of UK residents have never recycled an electric or electronic device. Recycle Now believes that this is due to a lack of information and has unleashed an interactive Regeneration Game, in which users put in their postcode to find out details about their nearest recycling facilities.

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