We mostly focus on the mechanics of home finance with our content. It’s what we know and an easy place for us to speak from. However, the questions we are most often asked in comments and when talking with friends and colleagues mainly circle around something we refer to as “But Can It Work?” with respect to businesses. What we mean here is that people often get defensive when it’s put to them that their business isn’t green or environmentally sustainable, adding carbon to the atmosphere and likely warming the earth. When we offer them solutions for their business or a potential business, they ofte retreat into a space where they say, “Yeah, but can it work?”
Translation: Can I still make plenty of money if I do things sustainably?
While we have tried offering retrofit concepts to current businesses that are resistant to change, we’d instead like to offer up a very pure example of a company in an industry that is otherwise thought not to be sustainable: fishing.
Lummi Island Wild is located on Lummi Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
Their fishing operation is on this island, while their prepping and packaging is in Bellingham, WA on the main land.
As they say, they have the most sustainable fishing operation, likely on the planet. They don’t have overkill or capture fish they aren’t looking to capture, with their reefnetting process.
Their machines are solar powered.
They capture an approximate amount that they can reasonably sell, so there is no spoiling.
They work with the local tribes on Lummi Island, mainly the Lummi Nation, employing tribal members in their operations on both land and sea.
They charge a premium for their product and so very well for themselves.
They were even recognized by Patagonia in 2016 and now use them for their Patagonia Provisions.
Lummi Island Wild is a pure example of a company that is doing things the right way, sustainably, responsibly, not adding carbon to the atmosphere, working with local tribes, and doing very well at this.
Retrofitting or Starting Over?
It can be very difficult for many businesses that were built without climate change in mind to suddenly or even gradually switch. Others have it easier. However, the best way might just be starting over. It would be easier for the US to start over with a new health care system than to patch and fix what we have. It is too bloated and too big.
You business may not be as big as the US health care system, but it might feel like it to you. As we mention all over our site, there are many loans and grants you can apply for to help ease the cost burden of starting over or retrofitting. But please know that it can work. It just might not be easy.