It pays to run an environmentally sustainable business. Environmentally conscious businesses are often more efficient and have lower operational costs than those who aren’t. They also tend to achieve a better bottom-line — all while protecting New Zealand’s natural environment for future generations.
Find practical ways to become eco-friendly and energy efficient — and how it can work to your advantage.
The advantages of being an eco-friendly business include:
There are many easy ways your business can become more sustainable, eg turning off lights, making recycling easy and printing less.
Here are some ways to improve your footprint that you might not have considered:
Renewable energy (external link) — EECA Business
Biofuels (external link) — Energywise
If your business actively engages environmentally friendly practices, consider applying to get certified or for an ecolabel seal.
Certified companies and businesses with products marked with an ecolabel:
Enviro-Mark Solutions, a subsidiary of the crown research institute Landcare Research, provides three types of environmental programmes and certifications.
If you produce a sustainable product or service, consider applying for an ecolabel — a sign or seal used to indicate that a product has met certain environmental or social standards.
Environmental Choice (external link) is New Zealand’s official ecolabel.