Hi, my name is Sam Boyd, and I am an American, currently living in China. In 2013 I moved here to learn Chinese. During my time here I built a company to businesses get products manufactured. This type of business is a called a sourcing company we are responsible for connecting brands with factories in China and working with them to get their products made. We work with North American, European, and Australian brands who manufacture a variety of products ranging from household goods, tools, toys, clothing, to electronics, furniture and small appliances. I like to explain to people unfamiliar with consumer product manufacturing, that we help produce everything you could find in a Target or Walmart, minus the food.
In April of 2018 I was reviewing the products Guided Imports helped to manufacture from China and I came to a pretty disturbing realization. Virtually all of the products we helped companies produce were products that most certainly would wind up in landfills at some point in the near future. During the four years, I had been in business, I was single-handedly responsible for more waste added to this planet than my entire genetic heritage combined! As exciting as it is to grow an international business with millions of dollars in revenues, see products I helped produce in commercials, on the shelves of retail stores, and seen in the hands of individuals all over the world, the awe wore away as I began to learn about the environmental cost I added to our planet. From 2017-2018 a day didn’t go by where I had at least one shipping container filled with products on a container ship, as it travelled across the globe.
The saying, “if you’re not part of the solution, you are a part of the problem” never rang more true for me than it did during this realization. On that day, I made a promise to myself that I was going to understand how I could begin to reverse the negative effects my company and my client’s companies had on our environment. In December of 2018, I promoted one of my very first employees to take over as Managing Director of Guided Imports, freeing me up to begin focusing on learning of ways people and brands can change their ways and be bound for an eco-friendly future.
This blog, ecobound.org, is my journey towards educating both myself and others on implementable ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and support organizations and businesses alike that are striving to do the same.
I encourage you to follow me and my efforts as I make this change in both my life and my businesses, as well as my client’s businesses too. I can confidently say, I have quite a lot of experience when it comes to manufacturing and the logistics of goods, however, my knowledge of implementing environmentally friendly practices in both business and life is still in its infancy. If at any time you have suggestions for me or other readers of this blog, I welcome you to share them. The more people can learn of positive environmentally friendly practices, the more we all benefit.
Thank you for taking the time to read this about page, and for the support as I share my journey through ecobound!
Naomi and I in Northern China.
Here I am inspecting a shipment at a container yard. This was one of the thousands of containers I shipped on behalf of my company.
Here is a recent photo taken with my family during a sustainable farming class. Family farms are incredible!
I’m unsure what the future holds, but if you follow me, I’m confident we all can make a difference.