GREEN GOLD 
in association with  Greater Wellington Regional Council

~ sustainability products & practices

2019 WINNER

THE FORMARY

New Textile Tactics

The Formary is a Textile R&D company that’s radically changing our clothing system.

 

“Greenhouse gas emissions from clothing production are higher than those of global aviation and shipping combined, Bernadette Casey (pictured) Founder and Creative Director says.

 

“150 billion garments are now made each year, with less than 1% recycled into new clothing – that’s a huge loss of value and resources.”

 

The Formary builds the systems and technology to extract much greater value from our clothing, while our digital platform provides customers with the tools to track, measure and report on one of the most environmentally impactful resources they have – clothing.

LEARN MORE  www.theformary.co.nz

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2019 FINALISTS

CENTREPORT

Repurposing Rubble

Although the impact on CentrePort’s infrastructure from the 2016 earthquake was significant, the Port is well into regeneration mode. And the best bit is – the rubble from demolition etc. is being reused and recycled in the process.

 

“One of our goals is for none of the waste material to leave the port,” CEO Derek Nind (pictured) says. “Instead it is being reused in various projects on the port. Concrete, glass and steel from damaged / demolished assets are being utilised as we regenerate.”

CentrePort-related activity contributes $3.0bn to GDP, it facilitates $20bn worth of freight a year and directly employs over 250 people. CentrePort’s vision is to be ‘the port of choice for Central New Zealand.’

LEARN MORE  www.centreport.co.nz

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MOJO COFFEE CARTEL

More coffee / less carbon

“At Mojo, we feel it’s our responsibility to find ways to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. By providing our customers with a variety of sustainable options, and implementing waste-reducing systems, we’re able to reduce our footprint” says founder Steve Gianoutsos (pictured)

 

“Customers can have their coffee in a ceramic cup, borrow an AgainAgain cup or bring their own KeepCup. All our takeaway cups, lids and cold drink cups are 100% made from plants and compostable, and most of our cafes are hooked into Ecotricity for their power, which is carboNZero certified.”

 

That’s saved Mojo more than 60 tonnes of carbon emission in the past 12 months. Add that compostable dump bags and Mojo’s footprint is getting tinier by the day.

LEARN MORE  www.centreport.co.nz

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PUREBREAD ORGANIC

Good dough to Go Go

The first bakery to produce BioGro certified organic bread products back in 1996,

 

Purebread Organic now bakes a wide range– from Big Daddy (their big seller) to gluten-free Young Buck paleo and vegan loaves.

 

“Creating certified organic food is the core of our sustainability commitment,” says founder and MD Robert Glensor (pictured). “using real food – like organic potatoes oven-baked and free-range eggs instead of the potato starch and egg replacer that other bakeries often use.”

 

Purebread Organic offers around 120 different products online, with free delivery. Recycling results in less than 1kg weekly waste, going to the landfill.

LEARN MORE  www.purebread.co.nz        @Purebread

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VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON

Greenskilling

Victoria University of Wellington plays a vital role in the city - it contributes around $1 billion to the regional economy every year, employs more than 2,500 staff, and educates more than 20,000 students.

 

“And we make a significant contribution towards a sustainable future,” Andrew Wilks (pictured), VUW’s director of sustainability, says. “Perhaps the greatest is equipping our students with the necessary skills and expertise to respond to the environmental challenges of tomorrow.”

 

That’s seen a huge increase in the number of courses with a focus on sustainability across the University – from Geography and Biology to Architecture, Public Policy, Tourism and Māori Studies.

LEARN MORE  www.victoria.ac.nz    @victoriauniversityofwellington   @VicUniWgtn

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WAIRARAPA ECOFARMS
Farm & Crop Sharing

The Wairarapa Eco Farm is an intimate agroecological production system in South Wairarapa, growing a wide variety of crops and animals and designed to support 100-150 people.

“Community Supported Agriculture is new to New Zealand,” co-founder Josje Neerincx (pictured with co-Founder Frank van Steensel says. “”But the movement is huge in other parts of the world – and it gives consumers an opportunity to develop a closer relationship with the producers of their food.”

CSA members subscribe for harvest shares for a season or more, which guarantees them a share of the harvest. The farm provides five full-time meaningful jobs and the progressive management system means all individuals share equal responsibilities for running the farm

LEARN MORE       www.wefs.co.nz    @wairarapaecofarms

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