Companies’ environmentally friendly ways honored

Two Snohomish County companies were honored Wednesday for finding creative, green ways to do business and improve the environment.

MicroGreen Polymers in Arlington and Canyon Creek Cabinet Company in Monroe received the awards in Spokane from the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business association.

Those were two of eight companies statewide recognized for their environmental efforts.

Canyon Creek won an award for Leading Environmental Practices. Those practices include meeting some of the strictest environmental rules in the world, from Japan’s 4-Star certification to the California Air Resources Board requirements.

The company also replaced its 2006-era trucks with newer, cleaner models. And the company helped establish the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program.

Canyon Creek also helped create materialsinnovationexchange.com, which allows companies to buy, sell or trade industrial byproducts.

In one case, Canyon Creek saved $10,000 a year by buying clean, used rags from a sheet metal fabricator in Kent.

Canyon Creek also processes used solvent and sells it to other companies for cleaning metals — turning hazardous waste into new and useful products.

MicroGreen was one of two companies that won the Environmental Innovator award for its drinking cup made out of recycled plastic that’s intended to be used over and over.

MicroGreen was created through research by students at the University of Washington and has been embraced by several food service businesses and airlines like Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and United Airlines. MicroGreen recycles plastic — including plastic water bottles — into cups that are themselves recyclable. Their process emits no volatile organic compounds during manufacture.

MicroGreen’s CEO and President Tom Malone gave the keynote address for the awards ceremony at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane. This is the 22nd year for the environmental awards.

More in Herald Business Journal

Camano artist mixes flask, paintings for successful cocktail

Art flasks prove popular as bachelorette gifts, birthday presents and wedding favors.

Small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

“Put yourself into the community more and the money will come back to you.”

A look at what some stores have planned for Black Friday

With unemployment low, stores are hoping customers are in a mood to shop.

Boeing bolsters team for potential 797 with leading engineer

Terry Beezhold has been chief project engineer for the 777X program.

Uber paid off their hackers — they’re far from the only ones

“More and more companies have their own Bitcoin wallets for such cases.”

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

The litigation claimed that security lapses led the planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Trump SoHo to shed ‘Trump’ amid reports of sagging business

The president’s company said it would have no comment beyond its news release announcing the move.

Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers

Uber acknowledges paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information a year ago.

Mountlake Terrace-based 1st Security Bank wasn’t traded publicly during the recession, but it has seen a steady growth since the recession. (Jim Davis / HBJ)
How stocks in local banks fared since the recession

Every bank was hit hard during the recession, but most have bounced back in a big way.

Most Read