The Joinery is an iconic Portland, Oregon furniture company, and one of the many businesses that has engaged employees and made positive changes using NWEI programs.
We sat down with Joinery owner Jon Blumenauer for this Changemaker Interview in order to dig deeper into how NWEI courses and EcoChallenge can positively impact an organization. Jon notes that “The Joinery is a great model for how business can and should be run. It produces beautiful, high quality furniture in a way that values employees, contributes to our community and protects the environment.” Read on for the Joinery’s NWEI story.
What inspired you, and the Joinery, to participate in NWEI’s discussion course and EcoChallenge last year?
The Joinery hosts an annual design competition amongst its master woodworkers called Metamortise – the mission is to create unique furniture pieces from leftover scrap materials. We'll be kicking off our Metamortise event on Saturday, April 16th, 3-5pm, at our downtown showroom at 922 SW Yamhill. Vote online HERE.
Meta | met·a | adjective | of a creative work
Mortise | mor·tise | verb | join securely by using a mortise and tenon
The Joinery defines Metamortise - to build something creative by using time-tested Joinery techniques. We exhibit the one-of-a-kind pieces on our website and in an event at our downtown showroom. All the pieces must meet The Joinery’s high-standards of beautiful design and enduring quality.
Every year, we challenge The Joinery master builders to turn lumber leftovers into things of use and beauty. All the designs are one-of-a-kind pieces and span from coffee tables, clocks, artwork, nightstands and curio cabinets, among others.
Above: Dodecahedron Lamp by Laike Little | ACE Academy
For the 2016 event, The Joinery partnered with ACE Academy. The Joinery donated scrap wood leftover from the manufacturing facility’s larger furniture pieces to the high school students for their projects. The student produced coasters, a lamp, a clock, artwork, puzzles, iPhone cases and iPhone docks to be exhibited at The Joinery’s downtown location during Design Week Portland. The items will be for sale starting April 16 as a benefit for ACE Academy.
Anything with a Plug! The Joinery will be hosting a FREE electronics recycling event, kicking off on Earth Day April 22nd and running through April 30th. We want to give the community a chance to recycle any used electronic devices.
Electronic waste is the fasting growing part of our country’s waste stream. In Oregon, you are not allowed to throw computers, monitors or TVs in the garbage. Electronics contain both re-usable materials and hazardous waste, dismantling requires proper facilities.
We will be accepting electronics at our SE Woodstock location only – 4804 SE Woodstock, Portland. At the end of the week, we will be loading up our delivery truck and dropping off the items at Far West Recycling. Once Far West receives the materials it is sorted into grades and recycled through manual and automated systems to create commodity grades that can be turned into new products.
We can accept the following electronics
Visit The Joinery’s downtown showroom on April 14 from 4–6 p.m. for Travel Portland’s next networking event. Enjoy local wines and appetizers while surrounded by beautiful furniture that blends modern technology with traditional hand craftsmanship.
Thursday, April 14: 4–6 p.m.
922 S.W. Yamhill St.
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Cost to attend: Partners $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Non-partners $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Join us for a Design Week Portland event in conjunction with Design Museum Portland as we assemble an expert panel to discuss sustainability as a design principle. Sustainable design practices are not just a way of designing, but a way to reduce negative impacts on the environment for a better future. Designers worldwide are rapidly developing and adopting new sustainable practices and encourage the design community to learn more about the movement. We’ll cover themes such as the challenges with sustainable design, sourcing materials, upcycling and reusing materials.
· Alan Scott • YR&G – Moderator
· Scott Hamlin • Looptworks
We are so proud! The Joinery has been named one of the 2016 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine. The eighth annual green survey was part of the 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits surveys conducted last fall and spring. This ranking shows that our workplace has implemented a variety of green policies, and that our employees place a high value on sustainable practices and believe our commitment to them is exceptional.
Oregon Business magazine will celebrate the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 1, at The Nines Hotel in Portland. They will reveal the rankings with a “Top 10 countdown” and unveil the June issue of Oregon Business magazine.
Portland is the epicenter of DIY culture, and we've got insider tips from the best DIY-ers in town. Zines are historically self-published booklets usually produced in small batches on a low budget. Travel Portland has chosen to celebrate the medium honoring Portland’s history as a leader in zine publishing and allow visitors to explore the city’s shops, restaurants, bars and events through the eyes of local artists.
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Local designers and artists spend their days crafting everything from handmade bags, apothecaries and stationary to furniture, jewelry and kombucha. Whether you live here or you’re just visiting, you can always find a great one-of-a-kind gift, souvenir or even DIY kit to take home and try for yourself. In this zine, we’ve collected insider tips from some of the best DIY-ers in town.
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Shoppers typically make purchasing decisions based on the quality of a brand’s product and its price. But a third factor – a brand’s “purpose” – has emerged as equally influential. Roughly 84 percent of consumers say they try to consider a company’s social and environmental pledges before they buy or shop, according to a 2015 Cone Communications Study.
“Consumers are more educated about the marketplace,” says Kate Zabriskie, consultant and founder of Business Training Works, Inc. “And the brands they choose are often a reflection of who they are, and they vote with their wallets. Businesses are recognizing this.”
During a panel discussion held March 1st at the Joinery, a group of small business owners, startup executives and a developer grappled with the entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities of sustainability: how to define the term, obstacles to implementation and the need to catalyze a bold new era of clean, green leadership in Oregon.
Swirling about the lively, thought-provoking discussion were the specters of two disparate public sector crises: revelations about air pollution hot spots and the Super Tuesday election returns, which streamed in over the course of the evening.
CEO Jon Blumenauer offered up a simple, compelling definition of sustainability: “Enough, for all, forever.”