October Edition (II): Full Sun Composting
Learn about the different ways Tulsa’s local businesses practice environmental and economical strategies to make the world a better place through Cheeky Things’ new series: Meaningful Mondays. We’ll be featuring hardworking, conscious business owners on the first Monday of each month. So read up, and stay tuned; because if you don’t already know about these entrepreneurs, you’re going to want to.
Meaningful Mondays Presents
Full Sun Composting
Name and Title:
Don and Natalie Mallory, owner/operator
Full Sun Composting
Can you describe your business for those of you who aren’t familiar with Full Sun Composting?
Full Sun enables restaurants and residents in Tulsa to divert their compostable food scraps from the landfill/incinerator. We provide weekly pickup services and compost those food scraps into soil amendment (available for bulk sales or in 1 cu ft bags at Grogg’s Green Barn).
What do you specialize in?
Compost pickup service; composting; compost delivery
What about your colleagues/employees?
Right now, it’s just us! But we will need help soon.
How do you practice environmental consciousness within your business?
We map our routes and schedule service to minimize driving. The bags for out compost are reusable.
What are some economical practices within the business?
We are committed to utilizing local businesses as our vendors and for banking; we only sell compost locally.
Do you conduct any community outreach?
The Great Pumpkin Rescue! We partner with the MET, so residents can drop off their pumpkins along with their recyclables, at select MET depots the month of November.
Residents can also drop off food scraps at the Tulsa Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.
Okay, so what’s your absolute favorite part of your business?
Providing a service and a product that support environmental stewardship. Our partners, including residents, can feel good about doing their part to protect the environment.
In a few words, what are some of Full Sun’s core values?
Environmental stewardship and community.
Do you have any employees or partners?
We have several partners – one is a soil specialist, who is helping us develop a potting soil mix. We also have a zero waste expert, who will be able to expand those services. There have been increasing requests from event planners, which is another great opportunity to make composting a familiar and common practice.
What do you do when you’re not working on your business?
We have three active kids and our day jobs. The goal is that Full Sun will continue growing and we can transition to working in the business full time.
Business goals for the next year you’d like to share:
- To continue offering our services and compost to more residents and restaurants in Tulsa.
- To formulate and offer a potting soil mix in addition to compost.
- To expand our ability to support “zero waste” events.
And do you have any personal goals for the next year?
Don and I are both committed to running to Tulsa Run this year!
Anything else you’d like to add?
We absolutely love composting in Tulsa and hope to continue growing and expanding the industry throughout Oklahoma.
Also, don’t be so overwhelmed with how big the job is; start small and keep at it!