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Bootstrap Compost: Picking Up Your Food Scraps, Profiting, Giving Back. A Sustainable Success Story

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Uploaded on Jul 14, 2011

http://www.igorkharitonenkov.com - Andy Brooks sits down to discuss his growing sustainable business venture, Bootstrap Compost, and shares his insights on the socially responsible consumer. Based out of Boston, Bootstrap is a human-powered, year-round food scrap pickup service and a model example of a profitable green business. Bootstrap was founded in January 2011 and has grown considerably to date, successfully tapping into the eco-conscious consumer market - people with green lifestyles that reflect a desire to lessen our harm to the planet. But that's not all. Andy and Bootstrap have already produced over 500lbs of compost, most of which is being donated to city gardens in the Boston area, making our city greener, healthier, and more sustainable.

From http://www.BootstrapCompost.com: Bootstrap Compost is Greater Boston's only year-round kitchen scrap pickup service. We use bikes, trains, hand trucks, and the occasional vehicle to collect and transport compostable material from houses, apartments, dorms, co-ops, and condos. Additionally, we'll happily collect scraps from farmer's markets, cafes, restaurants, concerts, festivals, cult gatherings — you name it. And the coolest thing is this: all active Bootstrap customers receive a portion of super rich compost 10-15 weeks after their initial deposit to the Bootstrap Compost bank. The second coolest thing is this: We donate finished compost to urban gardens in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. Ultimately, the Bootstrap Compost philosophy is simple: To give Bostonians a means to harness the power of organic scraps; to give back to the community what Bootstrap borrows from the community; to have fun; to enjoy work.

Special thanks to bidibop for music, and City Feed and Supply and Stillman's Farm for filming permission.

http://www.sustainabizblog.com

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