Meet Tom Kemper, DolphinBlue.com CEO
In 1973 the valley in which Kemper was raised was sprayed with dioxin-contaminated waste-oil by county contractors to reduce road dust. Resultant illness and degradation played a role in development of Kemper’s environmental awareness.
Conducting a 1992 recycling event , he collected and bagged 350 bags of recyclables. Having no success finding a place to accept the materials, he learned Economics 101: when we purchase products made from materials we place in bins, recycling WORKS! Dolphin Blue, a business built on “The Triple-Bottom-Line” (People, Planet, Profits) was begun in 1994 on Kemper’s vision.
Fiscal 2010 produced revenues of $2.5 million in only recycled-content office supplies, all made in the USA. Kemper believes we must begin in our communities valuing “natural capital” (clean air, water, organic foods, human health, and strength of local economies). Small business returns accountability and sustainability, creating strong, vibrant economies in local communities.