Your next cup could change a life.
GROSCHE is our dream – a humble housewares company with heart. We started it in our basement in 2006 with visions of a social enterprise that could change the world. Every product we sell funds our safe water project. It helps communities in need and makes our hearts sing with joy. Together with you, we are changing the world for the better.
Its a beautiful thing.
Ways we are working to benefit society
91% Landfill avoidance
91% of our waste is diverted away from landfills with our recycling, composting, and reuse programs we have put in place.
100% Renewable energy
We’ve reduced our energy usage at our head office and warehouse by 40%, & 100% of the energy we do use is green renewable energy
Negative carbon footprint
We’ve had a below zero (net negative) carbon footprint since 2010. Because the best footprint to leave is no footprint at all.
Packing food hampers
We volunteered to help pack food hampers for those in need in our local community at the House of Friendship in Waterloo, ON.
Foodbank organic garden
We went to help do a cleanup at a local organic garden that supplies the local foodbank with fresh healthy produce.
Habitat for humanity
We helped build homes for those in need in our local community with Habitat for Humanity, Ontario, Canada.
Yardwork at a local hospice
We helped a local hospice in the region with their fall yard work and cleanup of their exterior and grounds.
Earth Day cleanup
We organized an Earth day cleanup in our neighborhood and collected and sorted garbage to help clean our neighborhood
Delivering food supplies
We went out to deliver emergency winter food donations to those in need in our local community.
Cooking food for those in need
We spent the day cooking food for those in need of a hot meal in our community at St. Johns Kitchen in Kitchener, Ontario.
Habitat for humanity
We joined other B corporations to help build homes for people in our local community in the Waterloo region.
Packaging food hampers
We helped pack food hampers for those in need in our local community at the House of Friendship.
10,000 trees and counting
As a partner with Trees for the Future, we have planted 10,000 trees in Haiti and Africa so far. A green planet is one we will thrive on.
We launched and ran our own banana plantation in South Sudan to help people grow food and create income. #socialenterprise
Yes, we ran a banana plantation too.
We have always believed that the best way to help someone is to give them the skills to help themselves. That is why we started the GROSCHE Banana plantation in South Sudan. We built classrooms, found teachers, rented land, and established a plantation that grew to nearly 800 banana plants that benefitted the local people.
We funded the project, and set it up as a co-op for the people working there. Watch the video to learn more about it.
ON LIVING WAGE
Were trying to change how busines is done
We believe that anyone who works 40 hours a week should not have to live below their local poverty line. So we pay and champion a living wage for all people.
Here our CEO is interviewed on CTV National news about the GROSCHE stand on living wage and being a fair employer.
We believe its the right thing to do for people, and the smart things to do for business as well.
AS A CERTIFIED B CORPORATION
B Corps are business revolutionaries, that use their work to make positive change in the world. We’re honoured to be one of them. When you buy organic you’re helping your body. When you buy “Bcorp”, you’re helping the world and all of us that share it.
Arguably B corps are the best run businesses in the world. And B Corp’s highest honor is being named to their “Best for the World” list. We have been named to the B Corp 2016 and 2017 Best for the World awards recipient list, and are so grateful for their recognition.
LOCAL VOLUNTEERING PHOTO ALBUMS
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