Nature Shop - Environmental Policy
As our company name suggests, sustainability is an important part of our business practice. All of the products that we sell are made by brands that share our environmental concern. All of these brands are committed to making environmental practice improvements across their organisations. Each of them has their own unique commitment and practices, however without exception all of them are making a tangible difference.
Nature shop is carboNZero certified. The carboNZero programme was established in 2001 and is based on over a decade of research on climate change, greenhouse gas measurement and carbon monitoring. It is a certification programme that measures, manages and mitigates greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud of being carboNZero certified as the programme is internationally endorsed, and it is all about integrity and credibility.
Packaging and Recycling
All our packaging is done with a combination of biodegradable plastics and recycled paper. We use biodegradable courier bags, and a local company collects the majority of our cardboard boxes, which they re-use for their own business operations. We have also drastically reduced our power usage, we make sure that waste is recycled where possible, and thanks to these values and the ongoing support of our team, our total general waste is less than 50 litres a week.
Along with our commitment to environmentally friendly business practices we feel we have an obligation to contribute to the well being of our society and in particular the next generation. With this in mind we have initiated a program of financial support for charities. We currently are corporate sponsors of two charitable foundations that both make a huge difference to the children and young people that they support. We are committed to growing our charitable donations program and will be adding to the list of charities we support
Heart Children New Zealand was established in October 1994 and is a national organisation with 22 regional branches and support networks. Heart Children New Zealand is the only organisation that is dedicated solely to providing the support required by children with heart conditions and their families. Heart Children New Zealand provides care and support to heart kids and their families. From before birth, through surgery, rehabilitation and into the future, we understand how important it is to have a strong support network to fall back on. Our mission is to provide lifelong support for all those affected by the world's most common birth defect.
CanTeen is a not-for-profit organisation supporting young people aged 13-24 living with cancer. The organisation was formed over 20 years ago to ensure that no young New Zealander has to go through a cancer experience alone.CanTeen believes that young people, through meeting, talking and sharing their experiences are better able to cope with the uncertainties of living with cancer. Their mission is to support, develop and empower their members whether they are young cancer patients, siblings or bereaved siblings, by providing a national support peer network offering professional educational and recreational programmes. CanTeen doesn’t receive any government funding and are therefore totally reliant on the generosity of individuals, the community and corporate partners. Natureshop Mt Maunganui has recognised CanTeen as a worthy charity and is committed to supporting the local Bay of Plenty region as a Corporate Partner with an annual $10,000 donation.