Earth Day

Cannonsburg Wood Products to celebrate Earth and Arbor Day with free tree giveaway

April 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ultimate ‘green industry’ company reduces, reuses, recycles to improve our environment With a grinder that produces 200 yards of mulch or bark per hour and more than 20 acres of wood scrapes and pallets, tree bark, logs, and mountains of tree brush, the casual observer may wonder what exactly this “green industry” tucked in the woods in northern Kent County is transforming into a multimillion dollar industry. Toss in recycled rubber tires, a building full of reconditioned wood pallets, mushroom compost, bales of pine needles, and industry-regulated environmentally friendly dyes, and the answer may become even further blurred. Focus on the parade of semi-trucks, the constant buzz of the front end loaders, and the two, eighty-foot-long conveyors building 30-foot mountains of natural, brown, black, gold and red mulch and hardwood, cedar and red pine bark, and the answer is clear. Cannonsburg Wood Products, a family owned business founded in 1975 to build and recondition pallets, is full throttle, manufacturing, coloring, shipping and distributing a full range of landscape products to commercial businesses and residential customers throughout lower Michigan. Cannonsburg Wood Products (CWP) extends its green product line with 100 percent recycled rubber NuPlay mulch for playground surfaces and Rubberiffic mulch for landscaping; mushroom compost, an organic soil bi-product of growing mushrooms; and reconditioning and recycling wood pallets. Owner Dave Powers describes his operation as the “ultimate green industry. We are reducing, reusing, and recycling wood products, rubber, and organic waste to grow a two million dollar business and employ hardworking Michigan residents. Plus, our efforts make our customers look good—and happy. Because we manufacture our wood landscape products and color onsite, we can ensure top quality and consistency load after load. And, our landscape products help conserve water, reduce pest damage, cut down on labor and maintenance, thereby reducing gas and emissions, and ultimately save our customers money. Plus, our help with ‘curb appeal’ can help increase property values: a benefit in this downturn economy.” CWP produces approximately 150,000 yards of mulch products per year. To visualize these four-story-plus mountains, this is the equivalent of more than 1,070 semi-truckloads filled to the brim. CWP also recycles thousands of pallets per year, reducing landfill waste. Perhaps CWP’s unsung hero in the recycling world is a gardener’s […]

John Ball Zoo throws a party

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Earth Day event will feature over 30 green organizations Yes, being green has definitely caught on. Manufacturers, architects, and businesses of all kinds have found ingenious ways to conserve and preserve. But how about every day family households that want to help? What can they do that’s affordable, simple and saves? Party for the Planet at John Ball Zoo is the place to find out. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over thirty West Michigan organizations will be attending Party for the Planet and each will offer something unique. There will be seedling give-aways, games, entertainment, science experiments, recycling and conservation  tips and of course, the animals.  Party for the Planet will also be the “one-stop-drop” for recycling of electronics and household items thanks to the on-site collection by Kent County Department of Public Works, 1-800-GOT JUNK? and Goodwill Industries.   Zoo admission for Party for the Planet is only $3.50 for adults, $3.00 for children 13 and under, and kids two and under are free.  John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave., one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.  For more information or (616)336-4374 Full list of participants:  Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals Will be distributing free white pine seedlings City of Grand Rapids – Environments Services Disney            Will have give-aways promoting upcoming movies. Girl Scouts Will be helping kids plant seeds in take-home pots. Blandford Nature Center Will be handing out seedlings. Goodwill Industries Will be collecting clothes and household items. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Make-n-take crafts and games. Grand Valley Metro Council Green Chauffers (‘green’ taxi service) GVSU “Greening of the Grands” Project             Free blue spruce seedlings GVSU Natural Resources Management Healthy Homes Coalition Will be helping people keep their homes safe inside and out. Horizon Hydroponics Displaying tools for ‘green’ gardening. Animal Medical Center of Wyoming Land Conservancy of West Michigan Michigan Nature Association Natural Awakenings MagazineL Pioneer Construction The Rogue River Sierra Sustainable Community Development Initiative West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition WMEAC