The owners Kym Gillett and Kevin Friesen purchased a health food store with hopes of educating the northern community of Fort Nelson about living a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Within 3 years of commiting all revenue from the business and most of their time, they decided to build an Eco Building.
In the center of town stood a asbestos contaminated wreck of a building that most residents hated - wouldn't it be ironic to take a building that made past habitants sick and turn it into a healthy and environmentally friendly concious building as possible...
With all FSC certified wood, R11 windows, soy based insulation, no voc paint and caulking, reusing the foundation, cutting edge heat pump system, low flow water, t5 lighting, recycled paperstone counters, coconut oil based wood finish, eco tile flooring, magnesium boarding, recycled materials to name a few.
Challenges were presented throughout, such as extreme weather during asbestos abatement, permits for nonconvention construction and losing a truck load of prefab structure over the side of a cliff but their passion and commitment carried them through.
Mistakes were made but a lesson was learned each time. The community asked questions and learned what they were doing and why. The end result is the pride of Fort Nelson - customers are thanking them for doing this and making a difference.
It was then announced on March 29th that Down To Earth Health Shop placed first in BC for ‘Best Green Business’ in ‘Small Business BC’s Successful You Awards’, tying for the spot with FrogBox Inc. After Owner/Operators Kym Gillett and Kevin Friesen’s store made top ten and then top five in the province, they anticipated the possibility of losing to a larger competitor. When their names were announced at the award ceremony in Vancouver they could hardly believe their ears. The couple had overcome substantial setbacks and hurdles over the past three years while building their extreme green store, and the judges decided both companies were deserving of first place awards for their achievements. They were most impressed by Down To Earth’s all-encompassing approach and commitment to grass roots green living, and stewardship in the remote community of Fort Nelson.