Description: The article centers on green employee. It is about a regeneration road trip mentioning how the green workers cooperate with each other to create a greenhouse in the green business. They will explain the mission of the organization that can contribute to the community and create a green and a democratic economy in South clubs.
This is Sarah van Hagen here with Todd wire on the regeneration road trip, you can find coverage on regeneration org and Chris org, we’re here in the South Bronx in New York, I’m standing here with Carlos Omar and Gloria, we’re inside the warehouse of a builder’s source which is a green business created by the green worker cooperative which was founded by Omar.
Tell us a little bit about the mission of your organization. The mission of green worker cooperatives is to fill the South Bronx with worker-owned businesses that are all green that can contribute to the community and to basically create a green and a democratic economy here in South clubs.
You focus on environmental businesses, so this is your first business that you’ve created, tell us a little bit about that. We saw that there was a problem in the community, the problem exists, this has been a dumping ground for decades.
Whenever there’s waste, it winds up coming to the South Bronx, the other places like the South Bronx, we wanted to create an alternative to that, so that’s where the idea for rebuilder source came from to create an alternative to the landfills to the incinerators to create something that is going to be about saving material, keeping it in circulation.
So Carlos and Gloria, you are two of the four owners of rebuilder source, you had your grand opening this spring, what’s it been like since then starting up this business? What has been quite a learning experience for us?
Because they had a business plan. but one thing is having it on paper. one thing is doing it yourself. so every day every week that goes by, there’s something we learn about the business and how to do things better and how to perfect the business plan not only for us, but for other cooperatives to come in the future, because we hope to make prototype workers cooperative.
But this time, what got you interested in being part of this program, this is the fact that we could take products and items that are still usable to be in good condition and put them back into the market string instead of having them go to overfill landfills or being incinerated with toxic films going into our environment.
Because here in the Bronx, we are familiar with toxic films, because we’re asthma capital of America, we had the highest degree of asthma and allergy cases and also by doing this, we keep hundreds, if not, thousands of trucks out of the street side of the Box highways and pathways in this area.
Because for every liter of gasoline, your producer like 29 pounds of fumes, if you multiply that and do the math, it’s a staggering number, it’s very scary, it’s a scary reality that people should take close-up notice.
But in addition to helping with the health effects and keeping the stuff out of the landfill, it saves people money, it does especially people in our community of low-income and we do have homeowners that are on a fixed income like seniors and homeowners that are barely making it.
They can come and get beautiful items to put in to upgrade their homes at a deep discount, so Omar, do you feel like this model where I business incubator you’re creating these green cooperatives here in the South Bronx.
Is this a model that can be replicated in other areas? We’ve gotten calls and requests from people throughout the country, in every region of the country wherever there’s a community that is slow income, there’s been a dumping ground for other kinds of things that no one else wants to do.
In general, they are the people who want to create jobs, we can feel what we’re creating here, these are green jobs, green collar jobs, their jobs are accessible and it’s a matter of pushing it even further making them work around.
These are businesses that are owned by the people who work here, that’s something that can be transferred anywhere, so what’s the craziest thing you have gotten here? That’s been salvaged from out of the ordinary, two thousand gallons of paint, that was destined for a landfill, but the paint and hardware business had been serviced by someone who used to come by every couple of years and pick up the paint for four years.
This man didn’t come by and they were desperate to get rid of a lot of paint and Julian myself went over, so it was in New Jersey, but it wasn’t very far from here and they were looking at us.
When two females rolled up in a truck to low 2,000 gallons of paid for by the time of days and they were congratulating us and giving us compliments, because they didn’t think females could work so hard.