Campion Marine, Kelowna, BC, has received a Green Business Award from the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce in the Manufacturing and Construction category. The annual awards are presented to organizations involved in environmentally friendly initiatives.
“The Green Business Awards recognize businesses and organizations that successfully integrate environmentally sustainable practices into their business operations,” says Kelowna Chamber of Commerce CEO, Weldon LeBlanc. According LeBlanc, Campion Marine was the winner among three finalists being considered for outstanding environmental practices in the Manufacturing and Construction category.
Actively pursuing a greener profile, Campion Marine announced in January that it would begin using Envirez, a bio-derived resin, in its boat building process. Envirez resin uses a significant amount of soybean oil and corn derived ethanol in its formulation, which according to Campion now prevents over 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. In March, the boat builder once again made its manufacturing process greener by adopting the use of Ecomate polyurethane flotation foam. The product made by Foam Supplies Inc. in Saint Louis, MO, is free of volatile organic compounds and said to be an improvement over the previous flotation foam that was used.
“We will continue to move forward along the green path looking for new and better ways to improve our boats, both for the boater and for the environment,” says Brock Elliott, General Manager for Campion Marine.
The company is also in the process of exploring other ways to reduce it's impact on the environment. Campion is currently testing a non-flammable and less hazardous resin remover that's an alternative to acetone.