The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nearly every business to adapt their business model to ever changing times, and small businesses especially are now having to live by nature's rule — evolve or die. One of the hardest hit industries has been the bar and restaurant industry, which has seen forced closures, partial re-openings, and re-closures in just a matter of months. These abrupt challenges have also brought a sustainability business opportunity to those bars and restaurants who have sought out new, innovative business models.
One start-up company that is paving the way is GrowlyDelivers, a zero waste, milkman-style service that delivers local craft beer, cold brew coffee, specialty teas, and kombucha in returnable growlers. Their website proclaims, "Growly was founded to help deliver positive change by offering a different kind of delivery service, one that has purpose behind it. It is a delivery system that can help you make a difference every single time you place an order." This type of purpose-driven business is exactly what the economy needs to build back better, and to create a socioeconomic system that is equitable for both people and the planet. What better way to help the environment than by enjoying locally-brewed beer delivered right to your doorstep?
GrowlyDelivers is co-founded by ASU School of Sustainability alums Sean Murray (MS:GSS, 2017) and Daniel Velez (MSUS, 2017). As a special offer, School of Sustainability students, faculty, and staff who would like to try the service out will receive one month of free delivery.