Two weeks ago, when I signed up for Coffeecology's fair trade organic shade grown bird friendly fresh roasted beans in refillable mason jars, I was most impressed that it is even delivered by bike. Today it was, in a big bike trailer towed by Laurie Featherstone of Featherstone two wheels green delivery. I had no idea such a thing existed in Toronto. Laurie writes:
Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery is more than a pollution-free way of moving stuff—it fits in with my ideas on environmental sustainability (I really like the idea of moving things without having to go to the gas station) and combines my life-long love of cycling and the outdoors with helping small businesses and people.
My bike and trailer can haul just about anything within downtown and mid-town Toronto—I love the logistics of doing deliveries in a big city! I carry syrup, honey, mushrooms, rainbarrels, lunches for daycares, organic milk in glass bottles, fruits and vegetables, computer equipment, bike maps/brochures, organic fair-trade coffee, t-shirts, clothing, mannequins and much more!
She hauls some pretty big loads in her custom trailer, designed by Nani Reddy. Laurie notes that her business is a good fit with the local food movement, and that she has an emerging customer base of people who don't own cars and can't carry heavy loads around downtown, so she does it for them at a very reasonable two bucks per kilometer. This is a business idea with legs.
Laurie has an advantage over someone trying to set up a business like this in the United States; In Canada, those pizzas are considered fuel and are a tax deductible business expense. More at Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery