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Commercial Drive on a rainy day!

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max City Realty, Commercial Dr Condos

Commercial Drive Real Estate Homes CondosWhat's unique about Commercial Drive on a rainy day? Well the umbrellas of course! What other community has the environmental mindset to turn their colourful community banners into bright and sturdy umbrellas with a lifetime warranty? Oh and reuseable bags to boot! 



The Commercial Drive Business society replaces it's  256 nylon street banners almost every year in an effort to keep the Drive alive. That left them with the question of what to do with the 256 banners they take down every year. Their answer was genius on so many levels. These banners are remade into reusable shopping bags and umbrellas.

According to the Commercial Drive Business Society, as of December 2011, this has prevented  over 14.3 tons of CO2 emissions, eliminated 805 lbs from going to the landfill & saved enough BTUs of energy to power a typical vancouver home for 2.5 years!


This years editions of the bags are being made by The Kettle Friendship Society. This give Commercial Drive Realtor Homes For Saleopportunity to a local non profit society that enables individuals with mental illness. 


The umbrellas are also made in Vancouver at The Umbrella Shop. Talk about keeping things local. The people of Commercial Drive love local, and this is just one fine example. When the current stock of bags and umbrellas are sold, there will be $14,000 in the bank and it is all in a green space Fund which is dedicated to developing green spaces in the neighbourhood.

If you you happen to need more shelter from the rain than this Umbrella give me call or send me an email I specialize in putting roofs over the heads of people in East Vancouver, especially Commercial Drive. You can start searching at www.citydreamhomes.ca

Commercial Drive Banner Umbrella

Debra Harbaruk - ReMax City Realty

Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Debra - this is an interesting solution. I am usually not a big fan of recycling, as it is a political thing, not economical, but this idea sounds fine

Mar 29, 2012 04:19 PM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hi Debra,

This is a really cool local story.  I wonder how many other communities are hearing about it?  Thanks for the post and best of success to you this year!

Mar 29, 2012 04:21 PM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Debra - this is an awesome idea and who wouldn't want to own a part of those banners!

Mar 29, 2012 07:55 PM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - NOW Real Estate Group - Sherwood Park, AB

What a fantastic idea Debra!  Vancouver always does seem to lead the way environmentally!


Mar 30, 2012 01:14 AM
Debra Harbaruk
Re/Max City Realty, Commercial Dr Condos - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver BC Realtor

Jon - Recycling is more about the environment here, only political when it has to be, mostly motivated by a true desire to keep our earth clean more that saving money.

Jordan - there are other communities whoe reuse banners, but none that i know of that have a program that helps the communuty on so many levels

Barbara - It's true! i Love my umbrella and in Vancouver Ihave a lot of opportunities to use it!

Ralph and Jan - It is true our Vancouver hearts are green!

Mar 30, 2012 04:23 AM