Inside Lulu

Peas Be With You

You may not think of books and compost as the most obvious friends, but when it comes to Lulu and CompostNow, we have a lot more in common than you’d first guess. Our organizations are passionate about sustainability, building community, and always looking for reasons to play in the dirt!

Earlier this year, Lulu partnered with CompostNow to provide composting bins in our Morrisville, NC office. Thanks to that effort, we have diverted approximately 267 lbs of food scraps since Feb. 2017.

Lulu’s scraps will produce 67 lbs of rich compost, and avoid releasing 35 lbs of methane at the landfill.1 That’s enough to offset 1,517 miles driven by a car, or like parking it for 5.2 weeks.2 Even better, the compost can grow 27 tomato plants, yielding 135 delicious tomatoes.

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Earlier this week, we teamed up to meet in the Alliance Medical Ministry’s community garden- an organization that provides healthcare services to uninsured Wake County residents, one of the recipients of compost from CompostNow. We were pretty excited to close the loop and see what good our veggie scraps were up to.

Some may remember Lulu’s volunteer day with Alliance Medical Ministry last July- a productive day described as “roasty toasty”. https://betterthanyesterday.lulu.com/2016/07/19/blog-post-title-2/

Once our group arrived, Alliance’s Garden & Wellness Program Coordinator, Jesse Crouch, lead us through the garden.

We toured each bed and were encouraged along the way to eat various flowers and leaves. “Try it! It’s good!” Jesse exclaimed with an extended hand full of tiny flowers. “These are collard green flowers. That’s an arugula that’s gone to seed. You can still eat it. Those pink flowers are… something you can eat, but I can’t remember what it’s called.” Some of us were a little skeptical, but most gladly put freshly-picked greenery in our mouths.

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Jesse also taught us how to carefully transplant delicate, baby plants. We first mixed up a garden bed with compost and dirt. Then, we made a little well in the dirt to help water run towards the plant. Next, we opened a small hole for the plant, covered it with dirt, and whispered sweet nothings to ensure plant happiness.

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Here’s a QA Engineer, Andrea, in the zone as she pulls weeds from the onion and garlic beds

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Below is a tiny okra plant transplanted by one of our QA Engineers, Matt. It can’t be confirmed, but I’m pretty sure he later gave the okra the tiniest high-five and whispered “You got this!”

 

The Alliance garden also has two new beehives! We weren’t able to get up close and personal, but we did watch from a distance as the tiny bees fluttered to and fro with pollen covered bodies.

To help out the bee friends, we pulled bunches of weeds from their pollinator flower garden. You’re welcome, bees.

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To learn more about Alliance Medical Ministry, check out: http://www.alliancemedicalministry.org/

They’re hosting a Farm to Table fundraiser dinner that is sure to be amazing. You may get to eat the veggies we tended to on our volunteer garden day!

CompostNow services the Morrisville, NC Lulu office. We toss our food scraps and they pick them up every Friday to begin the decomposing process and make that beautiful, dark compost. Easy peasy.

Residents of the Triangle and surrounding area can learn more about CompostNow and get a free two-week trial: https://compostnow.org/offer/lulu/

Inside Lulu: What the Interns Did This Summer

Intern Susan

2016 Summer Intern: Susan Z.

Summer Intern: Susan Z.

As an international student, I enjoy learning about different cultures and Lulu has employees from all over the world who support international markets. In the Lulu office you hear different languages spoken everyday. I also appreciate the company culture. One of the things I noticed on my first day at Lulu was the relaxing work atmosphere. Employees always have a smile on their face. I can tell they enjoy working here. They are like friends and family. Not to mention that at Lulu you will never get hungry because the kitchen is always full of “Lulu” snacks including my favorite granola bar, fresh fruits, and all the homemade treats people bring to share. At Lulu, it’s all about sharing.

During my internship I also learned how to step out of my comfort zone. What makes you a little uncomfortable at first is often an opportunity to learn a new skill. For example, I was a bit nervous when I learned I was to work on a project using WordPress. During the process, not only did I learn how to use the software, but also learned about CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). I was surprised to find that coding and CSS are things that interest me. As a Fashion and Textiles major , I never thought this would be an area in which I would have an interest, but with my supervisor’s encouragement, I am now taking online coding classes.

Although this internship has come to the end, I cannot thank Lulu enough for having brought me on board. It was great to be a part of the Lulu team. During my time here, I got to see how a company operates and learned how to handle multiple projects, work across several departments and manage my time effectively. I also got to participate in department meetings, workshops, team training and community volunteering.

I believe my experience at Lulu will be beneficial to my future career path. And, now I actually know the difference between an ISBN and an ISNI .

Intern Chris

2016 Summer Intern: Chris A.

2016 Summer Intern: Chris A.

When I interviewed with Lulu for an intern position, I was admittedly nervous. The main purpose of the internship was to assist Lulu in obtaining B Corp Certification. I was a supply chain major with an interest in sustainability, but not much experience with B Corp or sustainable business practices. I was a bit worried about how much would be expected of me and whether I was capable of meeting those lofty expectations.

Little did I know that there was absolutely no reason to be worried. Lulu is an awesome company. I was given my own desk and treated with the utmost respect the entire time I was here. I was not simply a lowly intern doing busy work that nobody else wanted to do. I was able to work on important projects that would have a notable effect on the business going forward. At one point, I pitched my project proposals to the Vice President and the CEO. It was truly an invaluable experience and one that I certainly would not have gotten at many other companies.

Perhaps the coolest thing about Lulu, which was very apparent even during my interview, is how great the people are. The company culture is almost unrivaled. It is a friendly and comfortable work environment filled with great people and a common goal; make the world a better place. I am truly, truly thankful for the opportunity to have worked at Lulu and I cannot thank everyone at Lulu enough for everything they have done for me.

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Chris (back left) and Susan (front right) volunteering at the Alliance Medical Ministry community garden.

 

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Susan (left) and Chris (right) on their volunteer day.

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