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Meet EnviroStars Business: Tacoma Aroma Flavor
Meet Kris Hay, owner of EnviroStars recognized business Tacoma Aroma Flavor. Kris likes to describe herself as a compiler of cookbooks and guidebooks on the Tacoma food scene. Kris is a firm believer in a farm-to-table approach as an important way for people to eat.
At the Tacoma Aroma Flavor headquarters, most of the meals are made from scratch using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients that have been produced ethically and sustainably. Tacoma Aroma Flavor uses the acronym FLOSS (Fresh Local Organic Seasonal Sustainable) to remember the intentional choices that it makes to support fresh, local, seasonal food systems. Tacoma Aroma Flavor is all about maintaining the same standards of eating whether cooking in or dining out. They highlight small local restaurants and bars whose chefs and bartenders share their ideals.
Tacoma Aroma Flavor is a great example of a business that takes a unique approach to celebrate the local food culture and invest in the sustainable local businesses in Tacoma and neighboring South Sound communities.
Photo by Genevieve Denise.
From left to right, Kris Hay, founder of Tacoma Aroma Savor, Blanca Rodriguez Owner and Chef of local restaurant Pimienta Bistro and Chef Dennis Espinoza. Pimienta Bistro is known for its fusion of European cuisine with Latin American flare. Visit Pimienta Bistro where the boundaries between NE Tacoma and Federal Way blur.
What is an EnviroStars Featured Business?
Every month, the EnviroStars team features a recognized EnviroStars small business owner. We highlight sustainable business practices, share tips for success, and learn how the EnviroStars program has benefited businesses!
The latest business support resources to consider.
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Submit Your Recycle Madness Bracket
This March, Seattle Public Utilities live-streaming recycling-themed show, #AskEvelynLive, will be ranking the most maddening items to #recycle in Seattle. Submit your #SeattleRecycleMadness bracket by March 9th to win SPU swag like reusable bags, bins stickers, and more! See the At Your Service blog for more details.
How to Handle Paint
Got pints of paint sitting in your storage and building up dust? Good news - your leftover paint can be remixed into recycled paint and repurposed in ways you cannot imagine! To prevent hazardous waste spillage, contact a specialist to recycle your paint or find your nearest drop-off site using PaintCare’s site locator at www.paintcare.org.
Celebrating World Water Day on March 22, 2022
World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance focused on highlighting the significance of freshwater, coordinated by UN-Water and UN-Water partners. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water globally.
Share how your business is protecting water in the Puget Sound and beyond and be sure to include #WorldWaterDay in your posts.
Make the Most of Your EnviroStars Recognition by using the EnviroStars logo
Customers enjoy learning more about the local businesses they support, which in turn strengthens those connections. How can you share your sustainability story and solidify relationships with your customers?
It may be helpful to think about where customers spend time lingering at your business to determine what posters, postcards, brochures, or other materials can you offer to communicate your EnviroStars status and conservation efforts? For instance, a hair salon may display a mirror cling, an auto garage may add an EnviroStars logo and blurb on each service receipt, and a dental office may print a poster to place on the ceiling above exam chairs.
Read on for more ways to show off the EnviroStars logo and share your sustainability story with customers.
Display Your Window Cling and Certificate
Display your EnviroStars Window Cling near eye-level on a door or window at the entrance to your business.
Frame and hang your EnviroStars certificate in a prominent location where customers are likely to linger. For instance, you could hang it behind the cash register, in the waiting room, or near a refillable water bottle station.
Include your EnviroStars recognition on consumer rating websites. Customers searching for nearby businesses on sites such as Google, Yelp, and Trip Advisor, will benefit from knowing your EniviroStars status.