Go Zero

We're on a mission to Go Zero!

Doing business more sustainably is hard, and it’s about time we admitted it!

You know it’s the right thing to do but making it happen seems impossible, especially now. There are a million and one things more important and, as guilty as you may feel, you just don’t have the resource or the grey matter to even start thinking about it.

The sustainability journey is just as important as the destination. The fact that you’re reading this means you’re on the right track, so maybe all you need is a little help.

As ‘understanding business’ is absolutely our thing, we’ve put together this page to give you practical tools and advice to help you Go Zero.

What we do, you can do

Trees that count

For every new member that signs up to Business Central or the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, we donate $10 to Trees That Count to help plant a native tree on our member’s behalf. As tree funders, we help tree planters receive free native trees that are then planted and cared for in communities across Aotearoa. The positive impacts are clear, carbon removal, a healthier community and a more beautiful environment.

Reuseabowl

We have a stack of Reusabowls in the kitchen for staff to use when going to buy lunch. Not only does the use of these bowls prevent extra packaging waste going into landfill, but they are made using rice husk, a by-product of the rice making industry which would normally go to waste and is certified compostable. So, once they reach the end of their life (after hundreds of uses!) they will be collected to be composted, while the lids (made from food-grade silicone) are sent to be recycled into headphones. Reuseabowl started with a group of three Wellingtonians passionate about reducing single use plastic, and the first product was launched at Cuba Dupa last year.

The Sustainability Trust Recycling Programmes

Plastic and metal lids don’t always make it into the recycling pile, because they are too small to be detected and often slip through the cracks. Therefore, Wellington City Council asks for these lids to be removed when preparing recycling. We support the Sustainability Trust's lid recycling programme by dropping off our plastic and metal lids. We also drop off used batteries, Ewaste and bread tags.

Soft plastics recycling scheme

We support the soft plastics recycling scheme to turn soft plastics into new plastic products, such as fence posts and garden edging. We separate our soft plastics from the landfill, then take them down to our local New World for recycling.

Method bins

Method bins can be found throughout our office space to increase awareness and make powerful behaviour change, diverting waste from landfill.

Ecotricity

We have recently switched electricity providers to ecotricity, who are 100% carbon zero electricity providers. This means that when we offset our carbon emissions, we don’t need to purchase extra credits for our electricity use, as Ecotricity already do this for us.

Join our Sustainability Bootcamp

If you’re a small to medium business, we’re offering a six-session bootcamp to equip you with all the tools you need to Go Zero. We run our bootcamps twice a year and our next instalment is coming in October, so keep an eye on this page for more details.

Visit our Go Zero website

If you want to know more about how we can help your business Go Zero contact Jenna Williams.