Zero Waste Event Productions (ZWEP) earned the Social Enterprise Coronavirus Pivot Award during a virtual awards presentation held recently in Columbus.

The Pivot Award is new this year in recognition of the fact that “social enterprises have been hit especially hard” by the pandemic. As the virus forced shutdowns of outdoor festivals, which are key to ZWEP’s business model, CEO Tyler Bonner and Chief Sustainability Officer Shannon Pratt-Harrington began exploring other opportunities, including the manufacture of PPE face shields out of recycled plastics.

“Through pivots in product, consumer, and employee responsibilities, the finalists in this category have responded to the challenges in their own way and have continued to serve the community,” said Molly Tafrate, vice president of SocialVentures, one of the sponsors of the ASPIRE awards.

Other finalists for the award were L.A. Catering and Roosevelt Coffeehouse and Roaster.

You can see the award presentation here, and if you want to read about the impact ZWEP is having on our community, check out this blog post from Hocking College about how ZWEP and the Athens County Foundation were responsible for getting them 50 free face shields.