Category Archives: Clients

Client Q&A: Southie Simmons

By Emma Brown
Creative Marketing at Bootstrap Compost, Inc.

Ahh, Southie. Home to many young professional implants and native Bostonians alike. 11-4-2015 11-10-12 AMAnd while it isn’t the largest community of Bootstrappers, their excitement for composting is second to none. We could casually mention an article from Caught in Southie featuring us and longtime subscriber Mari, or we could drop the ever-growing list of businesses earning their green keep. Instead, today we’ll focus on Katherine “Southie” Simmons, another longtime subscriber, home cook, and young professional living in Southie. We couldn’t do it without you, Katherine!

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A beautiful day at Dorchester Heights in Southie

1. How long have you been a client of Bootstrap Compost?
For almost two years, since August of 2014.

2. How did you hear about us?
Honestly, I forget, but I heard long before I signed up. I had always kept Bootstrap in my mind and when I moved I had a much better location for pick ups/drop offs and storing my bucket.

3. Why did you sign up for Bootstrap?
I cook and always have a lot of scraps.  It seemed like such a waste that I was using my garbage disposal so much – or even worse, stinking my trash out.

4. In what other ways do you recycle, conserve and stay environmentally sound?
I do recycle and try to buy locally grown food when possible.  I’m also a member of Boston Organics.

5. How are you enjoying the service so far?
I love it!  And when I have a busy week, it always amazes me how much I can stuff in my bucket!  Just this week, I had some dead plants, cut flowers, and food scraps of all kinds – coffee grinds and banana peels are usually the most frequent fliers in my bucket.

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Taking a green bucket to a whole new level!

Client Q&A: Pulp Nonfiction at The Juicery

By Igor Kharitonenkov
Co-Founder at Bootstrap Compost, Inc.

Each and every week, Bootstrap helps The Juicery keep 550 pounds of beautiful pulp out of landfills, amounting to a whopping 43,450 lbs of food waste composted since October 2014. Our combined effort has created 21,000+ lbs of compost for local use and offset 41,277 lbs of GHGs – the equivalent of planting 239 trees! And, as an added bonus, I get to stop in and treat myself to my favorite smoothie in town, the Kale Storm. On a recent visit to the North End locale, I took time to chat with one-time manager Caitlin Moakley (who has since relocated to another sweet company, Sweetgreen) about our partnership and what it means to have Bootstrap serving the juice bar.

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Ms. Moakley recognizes the value of sustainable business practices, explaining that “aside from serving food to our customers, we also serve them by composting.”

1.) How long has The Juicery been a client of Bootstrap Compost?
The Juicery has been a client of Bootstrap Compost since October of 2014.

2.) How did you hear about us?
I personally heard about Bootstrap through the SBN (Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts), when I was looking for sustainable, mission-focused jobs after college.

3.) Why did The Juicery sign up for Bootstrap?
The Juicery signed up for Bootstrap because it makes perfect sense. As a business, I believe it is our responsibility to provide our customers with excellent service – to me, that means serving them in more ways than one! Aside from serving food to our customers, we also serve them by composting all of our food scraps. Whatever comes from the earth, we want to put back into it, and not into a garbage bag, being of no use to our environment!

“Many employees didn’t understand what composting was before they began working for us – knowledge is for sure one of the bigger benefits!”

4.) What kind of benefits do your employees or your company derive from the service?
I know we gain the personal satisfaction of knowing that we are creating less “trash” on a daily basis. I know all of my employees have taken a second look at what’s in their hands, and where they should “throw it out” before doing so. Having Bootstrap has allowed all of my employees to not only recognize the benefits of composting within the workplace, but also within their own homes. Many employees didn’t understand what composting was before they began working for us – knowledge is for sure one of the bigger benefits!

5.) Are new employees educated on the benefits and the specifics of composting within your company? If so, how?
New employees become familiar with composting right from the start, hired or not! I explain the composting process in interviews to see if potential employees are with it or not. The sustainable side of our business is the most important to me so I hammer this home within our employees. I explain that any waste we accumulate that comes from the earth can go right back into it. I make sure that employees know to never throw any paper towels with sanitizer or cleaning solutions into the compost, as these are chemicals and ultimately, not something you would want to eat! Visuals always seem to work best, by grabbing each piece of waste, whether it be food, compostable utensils, cups, etc. and showing them where to divert their waste.

Client Q&A: Sustainable Cynthia

By Igor Kharitonenkov
Co-Founder at Bootstrap Compost, Inc.

Have you ever wondered how you could take your sustainability game to the next level? I applaud anyone who is composting, recycling or riding their bike to work; all laudable lifestyle choices that help keep our community clean. But what about installing a Monarch Butterfly Waystation? Or only planting native species in your yard?

For years now, since “waking up” and aspiring to live a more sustainable, fulfilling and mindful life, my proverbial green thumb has been out and about, hitchhike style, ready to be taken to my next truth. I’ve always wondered what other personal measures we could take to conserve. Planting gardens? Installing rain receptacles? My curiosity was satiated when I ran into Somerville Bootstrap subscriber Cynthia Williams, who shared with me a myriad of new and exciting ideas. If you are a fan of sustainability, Bootstrap Compost or just our blog, I highly recommend you check out Sustainable Cynthia’s Guide to Green Livin’ (aka the list below). And Cynthia, you are a true EcoHero, thank you for your commitment to composting and to our environment.

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EcoHero Cynthia (left), proudly showing off her Bootstrap bucket with her roommates.

1. How long have you been a client of Bootstrap Compost?
We’ve been clients for nearly one year. We started in May of 2015.

2. How did you hear about us?
When we moved to the neighborhood a year ago we saw the bucket our neighbor put out and inquired.

3. Why did you sign up for Bootstrap?
I’m concerned about putting compostable waste in the landfill, and I’m concerned about using my kitchen sink disposal because of water usage. The twice-monthly pick-up seems perfect!

4. In what other ways do you recycle, conserve and stay environmentally sound?
We can always do more, but here’s what we’re doing so far —

  • Our household of four adults has only one vehicle, and it’s a hybrid that is used maybe four times a week.
  • We’ve taken up most of the lawn because grass isn’t a good investment environmentally.
  • I’m working on making our yard a Monarch Butterfly Waystation, but we have a small property, so we may not actually qualify, but even if we don’t, we’ll be helping.
  • I water ornamentals and the little patch of lawn that’s left via a rain barrel.
  • I plant only native plants.
  • For 30 years, we’ve used only cloth napkins, no paper. We do not use paper towels or things like Swifters.
  • We use silicone lids instead of plastic wrap for food going into the fridge.
  • We have durable washable sandwich bags rather than plastic throwaways.
  • We buy larger quantities of foods to minimize packaging. And down with single-serve coffee machines!
  • We use our own cloth shopping bags.
  • We use only environmentally sound cleaning products.
  • We bought all highly-rated Energy Star appliances and prioritize gas.
  • We belong to an organic CSA.
  • We are looking into solar panels.

5. Do you have roommates? Have you influenced others to compost?
We’re a household of four adults. I don’t know whether we’ve influenced others to compost, but we’re spreading the word about Bootstrap!

6. How are you enjoying the service so far?
We love it!

Client Q&A: Sarah Robinson

By Igor Kharitonenkov
Co-Founder at Bootstrap Compost, Inc.

Could Sarah Robinson be our #1 fan? The Boston-based green entrepreneur is certainly up for consideration. Shortly after Bootstrap expanded beyond Jamaica Plain and into the high-rises of downtown Boston, Sarah signed up and became a promising rookie in our inaugural class of 2011. The next year, she rose to prominence as a Bootstrap all-pro when she enrolled her company WeSpire, one of our first office accounts. Throughout the years, Sarah has sent many leads our way. And being an early ambassador of Bootstrap and having the perspective of a residential as well as commercial client, she had a lot to share with us about her experience. So here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson!

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What goes around comes around. Sarah using our compost – made in part from her food scraps – in her garden.

How long have you been a client of Bootstrap Compost? I’ve been a residential client since November 2011 and enrolled my business in 2012.

How did you hear about us?  I co-founded Practically Green (now WeSpire) and I’ve always enjoyed keeping an eye on upcoming green companies and entrepreneurs who were building companies to conserve resources.

Why did you sign up for Bootstrap? I’ve been composting for years in the country. I am continually flabbergasted by food waste, especially here in the city, and saw Bootstrap as an awesome, local urban solution to this problem. I also enjoy that as part of their service, I receive a pot of black gold for gardening at home and at my summer house in Rhode Island.

In what other ways do you recycle, conserve and stay environmentally sound? Oh, in every single way you can imagine. Outside of my personal  life, I built a business on conserving (WeSpire), launched our One Small Act initiative with large corporations and actively promote composting within other companies.

Do you have children? If so, are they apart of the composting process? Sure! I have three adult children and you know I make sure they know to compost. Mom’s orders! All jokes aside, I’m happy to say it’s part of our family’s way of life.

How are you enjoying the service so far? Bootstrap is flawless. I give them 5-stars.

Client Q&A: Zachary Patten

By Igor Kharitonenkov
Co-Founder at Bootstrap Compost, Inc.

Last week we gave a melancholy farewell to one of our long-time supporters, Zak Patten, as he packs his bags and moves out of the area. A Northeastern University graduate and marketing professional, Zak is a true Bootstrap OG, having been with us for almost our entire run of 5 years. Zak started Bootstrap services on March 7, 2011, just three months into our founding. Those were primitive times, back when we had about 40 clients (that’s roughly 1360 fewer than we have today), with only Andy to run the show with a bike and trailer. Given his commitment to composting and Bootstrap, we thought it would be fitting to sit down with Mr. Patten for a quick Q&A.

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How did you hear about us?
I don’t remember, but I might just have googled “compost pickup.”

Why did you sign up for Bootstrap?
I wanted to reduce my environmental impact in a variety of ways and this seemed like a solution that had multiple benefits.

In what other ways do you recycle, conserve and stay environmentally sound?
I recycle as much as possible and use public transportation when possible.

Do you have children? If so, are they apart of the composting process? If not, do you have
roommates? Have you influenced others to compost? (Roommates, family members, neighbors, etc.)
Yes, two children. They are helpful in dumping their leftovers into the bin. I have also told lots of friends about Bootstrap whenever composting has come up. They always think it’s a great idea.

How have you enjoyed the service?
It’s a great service, very convenient, especially with automatic payment set up.