UmbraCity Umbrella Recycling Program

Umbrella Recycling Program

 

Did you know that over 33,000 umbrella sales are made per year in North America alone? Vancouver, also known as Raincouver, is known to eat up our umbrellas with its’ strong winds and excessive rain. This often leaves people with a broken umbrella in hand with nowhere to recycle it. Imagine the number of umbrellas that have been broken and disposed onto the landfill!

 

At UmbraCity, one of our core values is sustainability; we aim to minimize this umbrella-caused landfill pollution through our sharing service. UmbraCity would like to thank you for joining us in our mission!

 

Though our umbrellas are sturdy and wind-proof, they may still break under extreme weather conditions. But fear not! We now offer an alternative, eco-friendly option to umbrella disposal. We are launching umbrella-only recycling bins conveniently located next to our kiosks where anyone and everyone at UBC can dispose their broken umbrellas at (not just UmbraCity’s). You can always pick up one of our umbrellas after recycling your broken one with us!

 

How are we recycling/upcycling these umbrellas?

Umbrellas are made of various parts including fibreglass, aluminium, fabric and more. We will collect and take the umbrellas apart, then recycle them separately at different facilities.

 

We have great pleasure of upcycling our umbrellas with non-profit organisations such as Common Thread. Common Thread is a social enterprise that creates jobs for people with barriers to employment. They recycle materials such as our umbrella parts, turning them into different reusable products! By recycling your umbrella, you are not only helping the environment, but are also creating jobs for people in need.

 

Our belief in corporate social responsibility drives our every action in adding value to the community and the environment. We are always on a lookout for organizations we can team up with to help our community! Please contact us at support@umbracity.com for any enquiries.

Let It Rain: Umbrella Share Comes to Vancouver, Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2015

 

UBC Vancouver, BC

 

As the unpredictable rain season returns, two Vancouver entrepreneurs have provided a simple yet innovative solution. UmbraCity and the AMS – UBC Vancouver’s Student Society have partnered to bring an umbrella-sharing service to UBC Vancouver Campus. Launched this September, UmbraCity offers automated kiosks that allow users to borrow an umbrella free of charge and drop it off later at any one of the kiosks.

 

The initiative is not just designed to be a convenience; at the core, this project is about sustainability and encouraging sharing economy. UmbraCity reduces the amount of broken low-quality umbrellas headed for landfill and encourages community-minded actions.

 

‘The idea came to us on a rainy day when we were outside and we wished for an easy access to an umbrella. This is a common issue for Vancouverites.’ said Amir Entezari, co-founder of UmbraCity and an occasionally-rain-soaked UBC alumnus. ‘We thought some more about the idea, brainstormed with the experts, and validated the solution with real users at UBC campus. It just made sense!’

 

The UmbraCity umbrellas are lightweight, high quality and very resistant to strong winds. At the end of their lifecycle, the umbrellas are fully recyclable. ‘The bright yellow colour of our umbrellas increase pedestrian visibility on dark gloomy days and simply cheer up a grey rainy day.’ said Babak Asad, the other UmbraCity co-founder and also a UBC alumnus.

 

Four confirmed locations will be at the AMS Student Nest, the Buchanan Building A, the Fred Kaiser Building and the Forest Sciences Centre and a fifth location is pending finalization. Students, staff, faculty, residents, and visitors will be able to register at any kiosk and gain free access to an umbrella for 48 hours. After the initial 48 hours, if the user wishes to continue using the same umbrella, the registered card will be charged a small daily fee, up to the value of the umbrella. UmbraCity aims to analyse the results of this pilot program and expand its service across the Lower Mainland in the coming year.

 

For more information about our project, please visit www.umbracity.com

 

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UmbraCity

UmbraCity started in the summer of 2013 when a group of friends decided to solve the basic problem of staying dry in rainy Vancouver, Canada. Inspired by many sharing economy systems such as car-share or bike-share programs, the team invented and developed a fully automated rental kiosk that integrates current technologies in ties with the internet-of-things methodology. After many months of hard work and carrying out multiple field tests and focus group studies, the team is excited to launch this product and service for the first time at the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS).

 

For more information, interviews, or inquiries please contact Amir Entezari, UmbraCity

support@umbracity.com

+1 888 778 5446

 

UmbraCity at UBC

Hello UBC Vancouver!

umbraCity is excited to launch its first service at the University of British Columbia in September 2015. umbraCity is a free umbrella sharing service. Say goodbye to the days when you have to carry an umbrella all day for the slight chance of showers later on, or worse, when you are soaked wet outside without an umbrella! With umbraCity, you can have an umbrella whenever you want, wherever you want.

Please visit our website umbracity.com/#kiosklocationmap to find a kiosk near you at UBC.