Social enterprise Planeet Consulting helps companies reduce waste, improve processes, and create value where the waste used to be.
Founder and environmental scientist Viviana Rameriz-Luna says, "Our goal is to find waste reduction solutions that do so much more than reduce waste. By working closely with business owners, we uncover hidden value in discards that can have a significant impact on the bottom line. Better waste solutions reduce carbon emissions, create opportunities for community engagement, and build better corporate citizens."
Planeet helps manufacturers, retailers, grocers, cafes, non-profits and other operations find their waste and put their resources to better use.
Planeet offers two flagship programs, the Zero Waste Audit and Zero Waste Certification. The Audit identifies how to prevent waste, reduce costs, and uncover opportunities. It's the first giant step toward system change. Zero Waste Certification is a third-party process with Zero Waste Canada that amplifies progress. Zero Waste certified businesses satisfy their customers by providing them with opportunities to enjoy life while producing little or no waste, make a better planet, engage communities, and advocate for a larger systemic change for waste reduction.
It was in the fall of 2017 when Viviana learned about the zero-waste movement. As a new mom, she was inspired to help create a world that would offer a sustainable future for her son. Life changed immediately for her and her husband, and their baby. In just over a year, in a series of fairly painless changes to their household system, they reduced waste from one regular large garbage bag bi-weekly in more than a month. And they're still looking and finding ways.
The desire for a sustainable future is the foundation of Planeet. Viviana supplemented her environmental science background with certification as a Certified Zero Waste TRUE Advisor through Green Business Certification. She and partner Sophie Wells launched the company in 2019 with the goal to help Newfoundland and Labrador businesses start their waste-reduction journeys, and position the province for a healthier future.