KAITIAKITANGA, CIRCULAR ECONOMY, & LOCAL PRODUCE

At the heart of our business are two values: flavour, and a passion for the outdoors. These core values guide us. Arising from our aroha of the outdoors is an ethic of stewardship – or kaitiakitanga.

For us, KAITIAKITANGA means taking responsibility for the products we buy, make, and sell. Having an end of life solution for our packaging that replenishes and doesn’t pollute means we reduce carbon emissions. We acknowledge that in 2021 we packaged around 6000 meals in single-use foil bags, which went to landfill. At the same time, however, we also sold 6000 meals in compostable packaging.  So, in January 2022 we moved all our products to home compostable packaging, reducing our by-product waste by 50%.

Using a CIRCULAR ECONOMY approach to our business means reducing the amount of waste we produce and designing products and services to keep valuable resources in safe circulation. Current linear models of ‘take, make and waste’ are unsustainable. Utilising the energy in our meals to fuel your adventures and putting the packaging into your home compostable bin helps sustain the circular system. Eating your meals in a vessel that is reusable time and time again doesn’t waste resources, unlike a foil bag that ends up in landfill waste.

REMANUFACTURING AND RECYCLING WASTE is a valuable way to retain resources. So our woven polypropylene grain sacks are sent to futurePosts™ where they are up-cycled into fence posts, and customers can access the silicone remanufacturing via our website.  Products that can’t be up-cycled such as glass, aluminium, and cardboard we recycle. Anything that cannot be recirculated, reused, remanufactured or recycled does go to landfill but our pledge is to work to limit and reduce this amount.

New Zealand has a great environment for growing a vast range of fresh veggies, and with reduced transport miles (compared with international imports) what’s not to like about using NEW ZEALAND GROWN PRODUCE. Whilst we often pay more for home-grown, we are committed to supporting local farmers and the Kiwi economy – sourcing food with greater quality and flavour, and upholding higher employee standards.

 

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