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Changing our attitude to plastic standard

by Natalie Martin, 3R Materials Innovation Manager Plastic gets a bad rep; the big bad villain that is slowly choking the world. Its effects on the environment are undeniable, but plastic didn’t put itself in the oceans for turtles to eat, or in the forests to smother wildlife. That dubious honour goes to us humans. We are the ones who invented something which is cheap to make, durable and very long lasting, but then started using it everywhere with limited thought around its disposal. As discussed in my previous article, there are many different types of plastic – all with different properties and applications. But the trifecta of “cheap, durable and long lasting” is generally true for them all. The ...

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Facing the facts about climate change standard

MEDIA RELEASE: What a difference a year makes, the National Party’s environment spokesperson, Scott Simpson, told the EDS Climate Change and Business Conference yesterday. It was a theme picked up by lots of other people at the conference. This time last year, the conference was held against the background of negotiations to form a new government. People attending that conference passed a resolution calling on whatever government was formed to set up a climate change commission system along the lines of that operating in the United Kingdom. A year on, the Labour-Green-New Zealand First Government is in negotiations to set up a commission. Neither Simpson nor the new climate minister, James Shaw (who appeared on the same panel) were giving ...

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Electric future for waste collection standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in September. Making the switch to electric vehicles isn’t just a ‘nice to do’ for one of New Zealand’s biggest companies, it makes good business sense too. Waste Management’s Sustainability Manager Adam Weller shared what the company is doing in the electric vehicle space by moving their huge fleet from petrol and diesel to electric power. “We are a really big company so that means we can make a really big difference too,” Adam says. The company currently has a fleet of some 800 trucks and 200 light vehicles. Moving the light vehicles to EVs is as simple as making the change when the fleet leases are renewed, says Adam. Changing ...

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Clean, green, electric performance standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in September. An electric-powered vehicle is certainly nothing new, the earliest date back to the mid-1800s. But it’s only in recent years they have begun to gain a foothold in the light vehicle market in New Zealand. Today some 15 major car manufacturers, from Porsche to Hyundai and Jaguar to Nissan make EVs in a range of models from luxury and sports cars to family hatchbacks and SUVs. Unison in Hastings offered the use of their offices as the venue for the September Business Connector event. Their Customer Solutions Manager and EV owner Nigel Purdy says the benefits of making the switch to an electric-powered vehicle are undeniable. The first big ...

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Taking a stand on climate change standard

3R Group has signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition, joining a group of businesses dedicated to “forging a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders”. (CEO Climate Change Statement) This commits us to: measure our greenhouse gas emissions and publicly report on them set a public emissions reduction target consistent with keeping within 2° of warming work with our suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions Even though we are only a small business with a turnover of less than $5M pa and 26 staff working nationally we believe our role is to lead the way for other SMEs. While we are among giants of industry, ...

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3R among Enviro-Mark Solutions’ emissions reduction “exemplars” standard

We are really honoured have have been held up as “exemplars” of emissions reduction by Enviro-Mark Solutions. Their chief executive Dr Ann Smith recently spoke to The Herald about a surge in companies wanting to measure and manage their emissions. This comes as public consultation is set to begin on the Zero Carbon Bill. Read more about it.

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