As business owners and parents of two little children we are very conscious of the responsibility we have to build a business that has the environment in mind, and one that is sustainable for future generations.
Since the very beginning we had a strong commitment towards sustainability, building a people focused company with a working culture that takes pride in addressing sustainability in every aspect of our daily operation. We are continuously working on making Lyttelton Lights a more sustainable place.
Here are some of the things we have done so far
Renewable Energy & Zero Electricity Emissions
Our whole operation is powered by carboNZero certified 100% renewable energy. We have partnered with Ecotricity to source New Zealand's cleanest and greenest electricity possible; wind, hydro and solar, nothing else. Having chosen Ecotricity as our supplier also means that we have zero electricity emissions, as all our emissions are being offset through accreditation.
We also have an energy-usage plan to reduce the amount of energy we use as a whole.
Recycling is an essential part of our daily operation. We have a clear waste management and recycling plan in place. We also partner with CreativeJunk, who turn some of our "unusable items" into "useable" crafts.
Zeroing in on plastics
We have reduced plastics in our company to almost zero. We have instructed our suppliers to not use plastics with any of our shipments. We won't accept any goods that are wrapped or protected with plastics, unless absolutely unavoidable. We also see it as our responsibility to raise the plastic issue with our business partners and encourage them to zero in on plastics themselves. One of our biggest suppliers changed the way they pack their goods after we had brought it to their attention. This meant 40 million plastic wrappers less in the environment annually. We recycle and reuse any unavoidable plastics and encourage our customers to do so too.
Ecofriendly Packaging Design
All our packaging and glassware is designed to be reused and is easily recyclable.
Glass - A sustainable choice
Whilst being a lot more expensive to source it is a conscious decision we made as a business to address plastic waste and the direct impact it has on global warming and our environment. There are many benefits of glass and we have listed a few of the obvious ones below.
- Glass is the world’s most natural and sustainable packaging.
- Glass is infinitely 100% recyclable, meaning it can be recycled into a product of the same quality over and over again. Whereas plastics don’t get recycled as such, they get turned into a lesser quality product and eventually have to biodegrade.
- Glass is nonporous and impermeable, meaning there are no interactions between glass packaging and the products keeping its contents in top condition.
- Glass has an almost zero rate of chemical interaction which ensures that the products inside a glass container keep their strength and aroma far better than plastic packaging.
- Plastic leeks toxic chemicals when decomposing and doesn’t actually fully break down. Instead it turns into microplastics which are scientifically proven to majorly affect our marine world, flora, fauna and ends up in the human food chain.
- The glass recycling rate is much higher than plastics.
- Oil and gas are the main raw materials in plastic production which have huge environmental impact and are significant contributors to global warming.
- From the moment raw materials are turned into plastic to its disposal, plastic emits carbon dioxide. Factories are running on fossil fuels and are contributing to global warming more than factories recycling glassware.
Carbon Neutral Shipping
We are in the final stages of selecting a similar carbon-offset program for all our domestic shipments.
Earth friendly cleaning products
We only use cruelty-free and wastewater-friendly cleaning products throughout our operation.
Compostable Courier Bags
We bulk purchase raw materials and other goods. This reduces shipments and carbon emissions significantly.