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And the Worst Packaging Award for 2012 goes to… Foodstuffs

Sophie Ward with Worst Packaging winner's trophie

Foodstuffs have won Unpackit’s 2012 Worst Packaging Award for putting vegetables on polystyrene meat-trays and wrapping them in plastic.

Unpackit Awards Results 2012

Unpackit Awards 2012

Unpackit Worst Packaging Awards Results 2012 1. Plastic wrapped vegetables on a meat tray – Foodstuffs This year’s winner is Foodstuffs, for selling fruit and vegetables on polystyrene meat-trays, wrapped in plastic. Produce sold this way includes parsnips, carrots, courgettes, grapes, and avocados, none of which need to be wrapped. Polystyrene meat-trays are not recycled […]

Villa Maria wins Supreme Green Ribbon Award

Green Ribbon Award logo

Environment Minister Amy Adams has tonight announced that Auckland-based winery Villa Maria Estate is the Supreme Winner of the Green Ribbon Awards.

Unpackit Awards too close to call

Unpackit Awards 2012 website address logo

Competition in the Unpackit Awards is red hot this year, with the leaders neck and neck for both the Best and Worst Packaging Awards. Unpackit spokesperson Gina Dempster said this year’s Awards are going to come down to the wire when voting closes at midnight on Friday 1st June. “People can be sure their vote […]

Forest & Bird welcomes victory for Mokihinui River

Mokihinui saved - image credit Forest & Bird

Forest & Bird welcomes Meridian Energy’s announcement that it will abandon its plan to dam the West Coast’s wild and scenic Mokihinui River. “This is a great victory for conservation, and a courageous decision by Meridian,” Forest & Bird Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell says.

Smartpackaging workshop for Auckland businesses

Wanaka Wastebusters will be running a Smart Packaging Business Workshop in Auckland on Thursday 17th May, in partnership with the Sustainable Business Network. The workshop will help businesses add value to their brand by choosing smart packaging which has less impact on the environment. Real packaging challenges faced by businesses will be addressed during the […]

Take A Walk On The Wildside

Wildside Getaway Ruapehu

Building a self-sufficient eco-lodge in the heart of the bush: from mud to mod-cons.

It’s Business Time for Bret Mckenzie with Fair Trade And Oxfam

Bret McKenzie

Oxfam has extended this year’s Fair Trade Me celebrity auctions for a very special one-off auction with one half of New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk-parody duo, Oscar-winner and FIGWIT himself, Bret McKenzie. The auction launches today on Trade Me and coincides with the start of Fair Trade Fortnight.

Fair Trade Fortnight May 5-20 2012

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Kiwis are being urged to Choose Fair this Fair Trade Fortnight (5-20 May) to help provide a better future for more and more struggling small-scale farmers and workers in developing countries.

Recycler sends 1,232 Honest Water Eco-Bottles back to Charlie’s

Gina with a Charlie's Honest Water Eco-Bottle. photo credit Sophie Ward.

Recycler Wanaka Wastebusters is sending 1,232 Honest Water Eco-Bottles back to Charlie’s because Wastebusters can’t recycle them.

Ecofest coming to Golden Bay in May 2012

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Staging Ecofest in Golden Bay this year is one sure way of making the smart ideas more accessible to people on this side of the Hill, says Claire, and there will be plenty on display when Ecofest opens at 10am on Saturday 12 May in the Takaka Primary School hall.

Maui’s death the tragic price of inaction

Maui dolphins surfacing

Forest & Bird said today the reported death of another Maui’s dolphin on the Taranaki coast underlines the tragic failure of the government to act fast enough to ensure the world’s rarest dolphin is saved from extinction.