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Waste is an opportunity

Can we climb the sustainability ladder?

The seventh in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager We all know the well-used mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, where the three actions are often referred to as equal partners in our bid to reduce environmental harm. However, while recycling is something of an ambulance at […]

Design – the genesis of a circular economy

By Dominic Salmon, 3R Group Business Development – Sustainable Solutions I’ll hazard a guess that the last time a kettle, toaster or other electrical appliance in your house broke, you thought to yourself this should be repairable. However, I’m fairly sure you couldn’t easily get it repaired or the repair was going to cost the […]

Take a deep dive before you jump into fibre packaging

The sixth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager In the world of packaging sustainability plastic gets plenty of attention, particularly from consumers, but it’s a little-known fact a popular alternative, fibre (cardboard and paper), faces challenges of its own. Firstly though, it’s important not to […]

A golden opportunity ripe for the taking

By Dominic Salmon, 3R Group Business Development – Sustainable Solutions Did you know New Zealand households throw away some 157,000 tonnes of food each year? That’s enough avoidable food waste to fill 271 jumbo jets and is worth somewhere in the region of $1.17 billion. This doesn’t include the food waste generated outside the home […]

Label your packaging for sustainability

The fifth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager The desire for more sustainable packaging is greater than ever in New Zealand, but if we are going to reach this goal we have to take a holistic approach. This means working from the design phase right […]

Don’t muck up your compostable packaging

The fourth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager Those looking to improve the sustainability of their packaging may be considering compostable alternatives, but beware, it’s a complex issue. In New Zealand we are faced with something of a chicken-and-egg situation: There’s a fast-growing move to […]

Finding the sustainable packaging sweet spot

The third in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager Sustainable packaging has become something of a hot topic recently, but as designers will know it’s more than just about ensuring packaging can be recycled, composted or reused. Packaging often serves a vital function as the first, […]

The time for your business to tackle plastic is now

Government is tackling the issue of plastic waste with a two-pronged approach – regulated stewardship, and proposed phase-outs and bans.

Hawke’s Bay could lead the way in low-carbon transport

With the rise of low-carbon transport like EVs and the humble bicycle, there are options which not only benefit the planet but your health and wallet.

Plastic packaging regulation is coming, are you ready?

The way New Zealand deals with single-use plastic packaging is set to undergo a monumental shift, affecting everyone along its supply chain.

How the cost of waste will change New Zealand for the better

NZ is one of the cheapest places in the western world to dispose of rubbish, and we generate the fourth highest amount of waste per person in the OECD

Paint and packaging industry get around the stewardship table

By Trevor Tutt – 3R Group GM Innovation New Zealand’s paint industry is the latest to move forward with creating an industry-led product stewardship scheme. An all-of-industry working group has recently been formed to create a pathway for unwanted and unused paint and its packaging to be recovered.  The co-designed, regulated stewardship scheme will collect […]

Climate Action HB workshop success highlights sustainability focus

The first Climate Action Hawke’s Bay workshop, aimed at helping businesses begin their sustainability journeys, has gained overwhelmingly positive feedback, with more planned. The workshop was hosted by sustainability experts 3R Group on August 27 and 31 in Napier, with 23 organisations attending. These ranged in size from SME’s to large corporates and represented a […]

Child car seat recycling now in Central Otago

Damaged or expired child car seats don’t need to go to the tip in Central Otago now the SeatSmart programme has launched in the district. The Central Otago District Council has also come on board by offering a subsidy to encourage residents to make the most of this recycling programme and reduce the amount of […]

Dismantle a child car seat – how hard can it be?

by Toni Bye, SeatSmart Programme Manager The day ended with defeat. No screwdriver, hammer, saw or even angle grinder could help us dismantle the final part of this child car seat for recycling. What its function was exactly I couldn’t tell you – only that it seemed to take batteries. Maybe it was intended to […]

Child car seat recycling helps lift youth employment

MEDIA RELEASE: Dismantling child car seats isn’t the first thing which comes to mind when finding work experience, but a group of young men and women from LIFT Youth Employment have been taking it in their stride. Between them, the Hawke’s Bay youths spent the past five weeks – one day a week – working […]

Product stewardship – what does success look like?

Product stewardship is set to step into the limelight now Government has declared no less than six product categories as priorities for product stewardship.

Why I’m celebrating the government’s latest announcement on waste

On 29 July, 2020 the Ministry for the Environment made its most far reaching announcement to date, setting the stage for a vast swath of products (including plastic packaging) to be included under regulated product stewardship schemes.

3R Group CE speaks at priority product announcement

3R Group Chief Executive Adele Rose was invited as one of the speakers at Government’s announcement of six products as priority products on 29 July. Below is her speech: Good afternoon all, thank you Minister Sage for the invitation to speak today, and our hosts for accommodating us. For taking the steps that have been […]

Game-changing Government announcement in the war on waste

MEDIA RELEASE: New Zealand has one of the worst records on waste in the OECD but that’s all about to change, says industry expert Adele Rose. Today (29 July), the Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, declared six product categories ‘priority products’, changing how we will manage our most problematic waste streams, says Adele, […]

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