Ecodynamics recognises the importance of combining purpose with profit. Our vision is creating Greener futures, and through our work we are building landscapes, providing products and growing plants that improve our environments.
We’ve long understood the need to address the impacts of climate change. The Victorian Government defines a social enterprise as “businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment” (Business Victoria, 2019). By selling goods and/or services in an open market, social enterprises reinvest the money they make back into the community, tackling complex social issues that affect us all.
We started off 10 years ago by investing in biofuel plants to manufacture alternatives to mineral diesel. The plant now produces in excess of 400,000 litres of biofuel per annum.
This wasn’t enough for us though, so in 2018 we made the decision to address climate change by supporting projects that targeted urban heat island effects. The conversion of the Ecodynamics Nursery into a social enterprise in 2018 was a natural progression for our business.
Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better – we’re proud that our Nursery is a part of that.
We’ve realised we have an opportunity to create lasting good via contributing to the greening of the urban environment. We are committed to contributing at least 50% of the profits from our Nursery to further this environmental mission.
In 2020, we’re donating 10,000 native trees to Greening the West, which will be planted at Sunshine Energy Park. Our ongoing partnership with Greening the West will mean that together we can enrich the lives of the community in Melbourne’s west through the development of green spaces.