Our Story

Walking into your first university lecture is intimidating, and that is exactly how Kayli and Jacquie felt on their first day of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. As they anxiously waited outside their first lecture, they instantly connected and walked through the doors confidently as new-found friends. Over the next couple of years, they were inseparable through late-night study sessions, lab experiments gone wrong, and dreaming up crazy ideas to problems they saw in their everyday lives. 

During their program, Jacquie and Kayli each completed 6 industry co-op terms in the field of Chemical Engineering. They worked in various fields for large corporations and while they learned a lot and enjoyed these experiences, they were left unfulfilled. It was disheartening to see that environmental sustainability was not a priority for these large corporations.  

When entering their 3rd year of university, they jumped on an opportunity to do a term abroad and arrived in Lund, Sweden a year later. While abroad, they were introduced to a culture filled with minimalism and environmental sustainability. After spending 4 months together in Europe, they began to question the North American culture, and were compelled to find more ways to live more purposeful lives. 

When graduation was upon them and they had to decide what their next steps were, they knew they needed to do something impactful. They couldn't live and work in a world where the climate crisis was not a priority. A Friendlier Company was founded because Kayli and Jacquie felt it was time to be Friendlier to our planet.

Our Mission

We are on a mission to simplify reuse. We dream of a world where packaging is not viewed as waste, but as a valuable resource that should be preserved and reused. Our mission is to make a reuse system that is so easy, it is the default for all packaging. 

It is our mission to extend the life of food packaging and therefore reduce the amount of packaging to landfills. Help us achieve our goal of 5000 containers reused! 

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Kayli Dale

CEO

"I am very passionate about the environment and education about climate change. I believe that generating awareness about our effects on the planet is the best method to reduce our environmental impact. My hope is that Canada will become a leader in sustainability." 

Jacquie Hutchings

COO

"My passion for the environment stems from my love of adventure. I want to continue to experience the earth's beauty and to share it with future generations. I believe that if we are Friendlier to our planet, it will be Friendlier to us too."

Paria Kargar Samani

Technical Lead

"Being a part of AFC is more than a job. I can see and feel the significance of my work. The next time I encounter a pile of trash, or a single-use container, I can feel confident knowing that I am a part of the team that is creating a change."

Bradley Ciarniello

Data Analyst

"It is too often that our society prioritizes convenience over sustainability. These do not have to be mutually exclusive. Future generations should not need to make this choice."

Meet the Team

CHOOSE TO REUSE

By choosing to reuse plastics, you are extending the lifetime of plastics. This means less waste in our communities, less emission in our air, and less plastic in our oceans. 

A Friendlier Company is making reuse easy. Join us in our goal to eliminate single use plastic waste.

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