Ecostore to be carbon-neutral by year end
*Watch the full interview in the video player above*
Ecostore will be among the first in Australasia to go carbon-neutral by Christmas.
The environmentally-friendly home and body care company achieved carboNZero certification for its manufacturing plant back in 2010.
Now ecostore is taking the rest of the company carbon neutral, including its Auckland head office and store, its warehouse and its Australian head office.
The company has partnered with New Zealand’s leading environmental certification body Enviro-Mark Solutions to measure its carbon emissions and to help the ecostore team reduce and offset these emissions.
It has also announced it will be rolling out refill stations across New World supermarkets in a move to reduce the amount of plastic being used and going into the waste stream.
In 2014, ecostore switched from using petrochemical-based plastics in its packaging to using plastic made from sugarcane, saving almost 4500 tonnes of carbon emissions. It has also developed new ways to reduce waste by cutting the weight of its bottles.
It recently introduced electric forklifts into its plant. These have no emissions, require less maintenance and have a longer life than standard forklifts.
Becoming carboNZero-certified is a keystone of ecostore’s 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report.
Ecostore managing director Pablo Kraus says businesses “can and must be a force for good”.
“Climate change and plastic pollution are two of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st century. At ecostore we tackle this holistically through our operations, how we choose our partners, how we source our materials, and what we do about the lifecycle of our products.”
Newsroom's business editor Nikki Mandow talks to ecostore’s supply chain general manager Tony Morpeth and Enviro-Mark Solution’s GM commercial, Josephine Rudkin-Binks, about ecostore’s carbon-neutral strategy and how you go about measuring environmental performance.
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