Earthware is offering Calgarians the opportunity to affect real change by using a return-for-reuse zero waste takeout container program. Restaurants, hotels and grocery stores are embracing the opportunity to reduce the over 150 million takeout containers, plastic and compostables, that will end up on our streets and in the landfill this year.
Our reusable container solution is the best option for reducing waste and is far superior both environmentally and economically to recycling and composting. Earthware is a social enterprise that directly impacts several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In Calgary there are 60,000 restaurant takeout orders every night, which produces about 240,000 single-use containers per night. No matter how we try to separate and do the right thing, most are going to landfills. Our mission is to offer a superior solution that eliminates the need to use single-use containers. Our goal is to stop 1,000,000 single-use containers from going into our landfills by 2025. We want to provide Calgarians a takeout container option that is easy to use and return so they can enjoy their food with a light heart.
John MacInnes is the founder of Earthware. A native Calgarian, John received his early education at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School in Calgary and then Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario. He later studied Economics at Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Quebec. John financed his university education by founding, and operating two successful companies.
Upon his return to Calgary, John worked in commercial real estate before he was found by Manvest Inc., a then newly formed Calgary venture capital firm who hired John as a business analyst. For Manvest, John traversed North America assessing the suitability of a wide variety of businesses for equity investment and recommended accordingly
In 1995 John left Manvest to found his own computer networking and software development company. Bayne Computing Solutions Inc. provided high-level software development and consulting throughout North America. In 1999, John founded Print Audit, a developer of remote printer monitoring and print management software. Over the years Print Audit has built an extremely successful business model for its Office Equipment Dealer customers worldwide. Print Audit has offices in 10 countries serving over 150,000 customers.
In 2008, John was accepted into the distinguished Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -Entrepreneurial Masters program. This three year program helped John to see his business differently and encouraged him to do much more. In 2018 Print Audit was acquired by ECi Software Solutions Inc. and John subsequently left Print Audit to help out in his other ventures and investments.
John started Payroll Rewards (formally Payroll by Credit Card) in 2014. Payroll Rewards enables business owners to earn popular rewards points on their largest expense, payroll. Payroll Rewards has swiftly grown payroll flow through to over $1 Billion and its customers have earned billions of AmericanExpress Membership Rewards. Payroll Rewards customers were acquired by American Express in 2021.
In November 2021 John launched his newest venture, Earthware, which is a reusable container service for restaurant takeout and delivery. The goal of Earthware is to stop one million single use containers from going into our landfills by 2025. John’s mission is to be involved in the creation of one million jobs. He believes his passion for and experience in entrepreneurship gives him the unique skills to influence other business owners to create new jobs. Since 2012 John has advised dozens of companies via very structured engagements built to make sure these companies are growing and creating new jobs. John will also continue to start and build his own businesses.
John is a proud family man who loves raising his 17 year old son, Bayne, with his wife of 19 years, Dawn.
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