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~ sustainability practices


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The Clean Brew Crew

Garage Project is the largest independent NZ brewery - known for hops and yeast development innovation, new beer styles and unique can artwork.

A foundation member of the 'Sustainability in Brewing' group, Garage Project is always keen to share ideas and initiatives across the industry alongside their internal sustainability programme driving new products and improvement projects. GP is currently leading a NZ-wide industry initiative for a universal, loanable and returnable flagon system for takeaway beer.

Sustainability, including a stated aim to be Zero Carbon, is at its business heart.

"Our continual aspiration is to do good for our community where we live and work and where our children grow up," says Co-Founder and Head Brewer Pete Gillespie pictured.


Garage Project

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Green houses
The SOA has led research and education on sustainability of the built environment for almost 50 years.  Its international reputation in the area attracts a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate students.  The SoA’s alumni of sustainability professionals are the leaders and doers of  sustainability initiatives for industry and government.
The SOA has created innovative solutions to reduce carbon, energy use, storm water runoff and construction waste, increase resilience and uptake of olar energy, improve wellbeing and protect the natural environment.
“Our research has been turned into patented construction systems, informed building code revisions, Healthy Homes standards, COVID response,  EECA investments and government policy, as well as being extensively published nationally and internationally,” says Dean of Faculty Robyn Phipps, pictured.



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Wisdom Teeth

Solid - Sustainable Oral Care is on a mission to change the way we look after our teeth, because they believe Aotearoa can do better than sending 16 million toothpaste tubes to landfill every year. Their sustainability focus is to eliminate waste in the design process, reuse their glass jars, and work with their retailers to offer instore refills. Their toothpaste, tablets, and powders are vegan, cruelty free and palm oil free, and Solid is certified zero carbon and climate positive.

"As a dental professional, its important to me that our oral care products improve the health of both people and our planet " says founder Laura Nixon, pictured.

Solid have so far saved 50,000 toothpaste tubes from landfill.


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A greener cleaning machine

Summit Building Wash Technologies' has developed two world-first electric building wash machines.

Firstly a patented robotic building wash machine that self climbs a building while decreasing water consumption by 85%, and being fully electric has zero emissions.

The second machine is a fully rechargeable electric commercial size water blaster. There are already 12 of its building washing units used around NZ - and each reduces emissions by 20 tonnes CO2-eq per year (compared to removing 8 vehicles annually).

“Both our building wash machine and electric water blasters have been locally developed, eliminating the need for chemical use and greatly reducing noise pollution,” says founder Ray Tomlinson, pictured.

Summit Building Wash Technologies machines are considerably faster, safer and cleaner than manual methods, and the company is a global leader in the industry.


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Predator Competitors 

The Capital Kiwi Project is the mission to restore a large-scale wild population of kiwi to the hills of Wellington City.

Since 2018, the project, alongside community, iwi and landowners, has operated the largest intensive stoat trap network in the country: 4,600 traps across 24,000ha, from Red Rocks to Porirua; an area larger than Abel Tasman National Park. Following the largest kiwi translocation yet undertaken (May 2023), 63 kiwi call our hills home again.

“Through working together – kotahitanga – at scale, a manu taonga (bird treasure) that is central to our identity has been restored to the wild in Wellington, and kiwi are now roaming freely in Wellington’s west for the first time in 150 years,” says founder Paul Ward, pictured.


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Ugly Beautiful

The subscription-based Wonky Box service collects perfectly edible fresh produce from growers which wouldn’t be accepted by large retailers or exporters because of their shape, size or specification. The contents of the Wonky Box change each week depending on what excess the growers have.

This produce is delivered to customers, who also have access to ‘food waste’ recipes based on the weekly box. It saves customers between 10-15% on fresh produce bills.

“We’re proud of the fact that since May 2021 we’ve helped over 100,000kg of local produce find a new home,” says founder Angus Simms, pictured with co founder Katie Jackson.

Wonky Box has donated over 10,000kg of produce to Wellington Food charities.


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