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New campaign to help businesses take more responsibility for what they make standard

Sustainable Business Network media release: A business campaign to increase ‘product take back’ schemes has won the support of the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund.  Product stewardship is when producers, brand owners, importers, retailers and/or consumers accept responsibility for reducing a product’s environmental impact. It involves greater oversight and control throughout the whole life cycle, from production through to end of use and beyond. It means avoiding wasteful products. It means eliminating unnecessary waste. It means redesigning products. It means doing more to ensure products and materials are recycled or reused. The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund has granted $160,000 to the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) for a two-year campaign to promote this. The work will include a national product stewardship roadshow. ...

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Zero Carbon Bill welcome news for Hawke’s Bay standard

Media Release The release of the Zero Carbon Bill is welcome news, particularly in Hawke’s Bay where the effects of coastal erosion and weather events due to climate change are already being felt, says Hawke’s Bay sustainability expert and Chief Executive of 3R Group, Adele Rose. The Climate Change Response Amendment (Zero Carbon) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation for New Zealand and is long overdue, Adele says. “Tackling climate change is something which requires collective action, with central government legislation being vital.” If passed, the bill will set greenhouse gas emissions targets into law, with a target of net zero long-lived emission by 2050. “For regions like Hawke’s Bay, action on climate change is critical. Our coast is ...

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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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Single-use plastic; are we missing the point? standard

by Darren Patterson Single-use plastics. I want to start with that phrase, but I’ll leave it for now and I’ll come back to it later. I was shopping at one of my local supermarkets, one of those which has committed to eliminating single-use plastic bags, and I noticed that, whilst they still had their plastic bags for those that had not brought their own, there were also crisp, new, heavy-duty paper bags. Bags, I assume, that customers could use if they could not face the shame of using a plastic bag and wanted to feel they were doing their bit for the environment. And that brings me back to the start. Single-use plastics. All too often when we use that ...

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Put an end to packaging confusion standard

Confused about alternatives to ‘traditional’ plastic packaging, like biodegradable, degradable and compostable options? Don’t worry, help is at hand. Plastic packaging does a simple job however, the issues around it are anything but. The recent awareness around, and push to eliminate, single-use and excessive plastic packaging is certainly welcome. However, as alternatives (biodegradable, degradable, compostable) increase, so does the confusion. A lack of knowledge around how to dispose of the alternatives could lead to other environmental issues, as could confusion over what happens to alternative packaging once it has been disposed of. This has led the Environment Commissioner to produce an online resource to help consumers understand the difference between regular plastic packaging and the alternatives. The Public Place Recycling ...

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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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