Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing Best Practices
Recorded On: 04/26/2016
Join Mark Trotzuk for this session about environmentally responsible manufacturing best practices. Understanding the environmental footprint of promotional products is essential to having a truly environmentally sustainable business. In this session we will delve into sustainable manufacturing processes and how these processes impact a the footprint left behind by at product centric industry. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.
Recommended Pre-Requisite: Going Green and FTC Guide Updates
Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Mark Trotzuk is both the founder and chief operating officer of Boardroom -Eco Apparel, a clothing design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Mark holds an economics/agriculture degree from The University of British Columbia and after playing one season of professional Hockey in Germany, returned to Canada in 1989 and was employed by The Royal Bank as a financial risk advisor for Agricultural and Corporate Real-estate Loans.
In 1996, Mark's wanted to get involved in something that allowed him to be more creative and he opened a Clothing Design and Manufacturing Business called “Boardroom Custom Clothing" which is now in its 14thyear of operation. In 2005, shortly after his daughter Rio Raine was born, Mark initiated a big change in operations and product development at Boardroom by launching ECO-Apparel (ecoapparel.ca); a clothing brand made exclusively from environmentally friendly materials that is committed to environment, health, and safety at every level of manufacturing; from raw materials to distribution.
In April of 2008, Mark's passion for the environment brought him the opportunity to train with Al Gore as a presenter for The Climate Project; a Canadian initiative to increase awareness of Global Warming and Climate Change. Mark is also an “Ambassador" for the David Suzuki Foundation where Mark delivers interactive workshops to workplaces interested in greening their business.
Mark continues to take his Eco Apparel business to a whole new level; expanding sales to established international corporations and government partners; opened a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot factory, showroom and distribution center in East Vancouver; launched a Woman's Boutique Apparel Collection “Echo Rain"; was one of the first companies to join “blue sign – technologies" as a Brand Member (bluesign.com); joined 1% For The Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org); and owns the American and Canadian Trade Marks for the brand “eco" for “class 25" apparel category.