Building sustainable connections

At 3R, we believe in the power of networking with other businesses, organisations and individuals to keep the sustainability discussion moving forward.

We are holding a series of Sustainable Business Network Regional Business Connector events designed to bring together Hawke’s Bay businesses, covering topics that are key to a more sustainable business environment and community.

You can read more about these events below or, even better, if you’d like to join us, please email Sven.

TBA | Hospitality and waste reduction

With a myriad of wineries, restaurants and cafes Hawke’s Bay is certainly a hospitality hotspot.

Our first SBN Regional Business Connector event of 2020 will focus on hospitality and waste reduction. It will feature Black Barn Vineyards Cellar Door & Events Manager Francis de Jager speaking about running zero waste events, Nada Piatek talking about the reusable/returnable coffee cup system (Again Again) which she founded, and 3R Group Business Development and Glass Packaging Forum Scheme Manager Dominic Salmon speaking about recycling with a focus on glass.

The event promises to be informative as well as provide networking opportunities.

Date: TBA
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Venue: Black Barn Vineyards Riverside Room (1308 Tuki Tuki Rd)
RSVP: by Friday, 20 March
Entry: Free, with refreshments provided

25 Jul, ’19 | Sustainable Production and Consumption

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important for 3R as we measure our progress against key SDGs (8, 9, 12, 13, and 17).

With this in mind we decided to kick off a series of Business Connector events which focused on these goals – our first being SDG 12 responsible consumption and production, with a focus on the procurement aspect.

The event gave us some great insight into the sustainability work being done by Villa Maria with Hawke’s Bay Sustainability Manager and Viticulturist Jonathan Hamlet as the first speaker.

He was followed by Honour Musuku, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager and Senior Producer Support Officer at Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand. She spoke about how the organisation works to promote fairer working conditions for producers around the world.

The evening was concluded by 3R’s GM – Innovation Trevor Tutt, who spoke about product stewardship and how it relates to SDG 12.

2 May, ’19 | Social & Impact Enterprises

While 3R has always been a commercial organisation profit has never been our most important measure. We have since formally transitioned to an impact enterprise – where our positive impact on the environment and community comes ahead of profit.

There are many organisations working as impact or social enterprises, with our first Business Connector event of 2019 putting a focus on a few examples.
The evening featured excellent speakers Christina Bellis, who heads Thankyou Payroll, Chairman of the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust, Marty Hoffart, and Toni Bye, Programme Manager for 3R’s child car seat recycling initiative SeatSmart.

30 Nov, ’18 | Circular Economy

The circular economy is at the heart of what we do so, while many of our Business Connector events have focused on aspects of it, it made sense to make the circular economy the theme our final event for 2018.

Peak House on Te Mata Peak gave a great setting with panoramic views over the Heretaunga Plains, with the evening featuring 3R Group co-founder and director Graeme Norton, Sustainable Business Network Bay of Plenty Regional Manager Glen Crowther, and Glass Packaging Forum Scheme Manager Dominic Salmon.

06 Sept, ’18 | Driving into the future

Moving to a circular economy is underpinned by the use of renewable energy, with transport being a big part of this change.
For our second event of the year we therefore put the spotlight on transport using renewable energy. Hastings-based electricity distribution and fibre optic network company Unison proved to be a great venue, with Customer Solutions Manager Nigel Purdy speaking about the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) and the company’s work installing public charging stations.
Waste Management’s Sustainability Manager Adam Weller also spoke on the night, giving an insight into their move to EVs – particularly converting their huge truck fleet to electric.
We also had Havelock North bike shop owner Hilton Taylor of Revolution Bikes on hand to show off some of his electric commuter bikes.

Electric performance

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 advantage, he says, is the low cost of charging them – something which is equivalent to paying 30 cents per litre of fuel for a standard petrol vehicle.
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Powered by waste

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.
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19 Apr, ’18 | Inspiration for change

For our first event of the year we decided to do something a little different and host a movie night featuring the Kiwi-made documentary Living the Change at Focal Point Cinema.

The film focuses on New Zealanders living and working in a more sustainable way. It’s a great example of how individuals really can do something to tackle big issues like climate change – it’s a matter of thinking global and acting local.

We caught up with the flimmakers Antoinette Wilson and Jordan Osmand for a Q&A.

21 Sep, ’17 | Designed for life

The evening was spent at FG Smiths enjoying their gorgeous food and a perfectly sustainable space. Ezra Kelly of PMA architects showcased the adaptive reuse of this building and the opportunities and challenges for sustainability in building and construction. Our second speaker, James Griffin from SBN, covered sustainable office spaces and challenged us to think differently about how we consume products and services and how that might influence a more circular economy – how about ‘light’ as a service, for instance, where the manufacturer owns the light fittings and is responsible for their end of life, while you just rent the resulting light.

If you’d like to know more you can read the interviews we did with the speakers, James Griffin (Sustainable Business Network General Manager Projects and Advisory) and Ezra Kelly (PMA Architects Associate Principal). You can also have a look at James and Ezra’s presentations to give you a taste of what you missed!

Circular movement

In order to move forward we need to start going around in circles.
Such is the thinking behind a circular economy; one that doesn’t follow the linear process of taking resources, making products and then throwing them away, but rather creating a circular process where products are created and then stay in the system to be reused, recycled or repurposed. Nothing is wasted.
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Beauty of reuse

Mention the word ‘upcycling’ and you’ll probably think about tired old furniture or discarded and otherwise useless items which have been spruced up, repurposed and given a new life. However, upcycling isn’t restricted to things you can hold in your hands – the idea can be applied to entire buildings. The FG Smiths building in Napier is a great example, with a once low-value warehouse having been transformed into a trendy and very usable space.
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01 Jun, ’17 | Waste not, want not

The venue of our second event, The Space at Oh My Goodness bakery in Hastings, was the perfect setting for the event themed on reducing food waste.  We were lucky to have some great speakers on the night, with bakery owner Scott Wynands, Nourished for Nil founders Christina McBeth and Louise Saurin, as well as Paul Evans of Love Food Hate Waste.

Food rescue heroes

When it comes to minimising food waste we can all do our part; shop smart, only cook as much as you need and eat leftovers, among other things. But Havelock North women Christina McBeth and Louise Saurin have taken things to the next level with their food rescue charity Nourished for Nil.
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Bread for life

Hundreds of years ago bread was a central part of everyday life, from the process of making it, to the staple it served as on the table. Scott Wynands has brought that tradition back to his life with the artisan breads he and his bakers create at Oh My Goodness Specialty Breads in Hastings.
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An edible scandal

Food is one of our biggest expenses, but every year we literally throw away $872 million worth. This tips the scales at more than 122,500 tonnes. That’s enough to feed almost 263,000 people.
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02 Mar, ’17 | Protecting our waterways

Our first event held on March saw speakers talking about “enhancing NZ’s natural capital”. Among them was Mangarara Station owner Greg Hart and Pat Turley of Maraetotara Tree Trust, both of whom have received funding from the Million Metres Streams Project. The work being done to enhance the environment in the Bay is inspiring to see.

Fresh approach to farming

In the words of Greg Hart, “The way we currently practise agriculture is one of the biggest problems on the planet, but it has the potential to be one of the biggest solutions”. It’s the sort of sentiment which has seen Mangarara Station owners Greg and Rachel Hart spend around 12 years converting from the more traditional style of farming they grew up with to a more sustainable approach.
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Working for the future

It is always great to hear about success stories and the Maraetōtara Tree Trust is just one such example. The trust set out in 2002, to restore the Maraetōtara River and nearly 15 years later they have cleared, fenced, had covenants registered and planted 43 kilometres of the river’s length with native shrubs and trees.
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A river runs through it

Crowdfunding is a great way for projects or business ideas to get off the ground and for people to help – even in a small way. The Million Metres Streams Project taps into this with the aim of seeing thousands of native plants and trees planted along rivers, lakes and wetlands.
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