At Kai Carrier it is important for us to run a sustainable business operation, not just sell a product that is sustainable. So what exactly does sustainability mean?
The Cambridge dictionary defines sustainability as “the idea that goods and services should be produced in ways that do not use resources that cannot be replaced, and that do not damage the environment.”
Being sustainable is so much more than recycling your waste and reducing the amount of single use packaging that you consume, but it is a big part of it, and is something you and your family can do on a daily basis.
Since our products entered the market we have potentially prevented over 12 million single use pouches, packaging and cling film from ending up in landfill across NZ. This equates to over 4.9 tonnes of waste and this number grows every day!
How Kai Carrier is integrating sustainability into our business:
Kai Carrier is a Carbon Neutral Business Operation for 2016/17 financial year (certified by Ekos). To gain this status we measured our carbon emissions then offset them through the purchase of carbon credits sourced from the Rarakau Rainforest Conservation Project in western Southland. (Verified Emission Reduction Units: Verified to ISO 14064-2 Standard; issued by Markit Environmental Registry (London).
The carbon emissions we measure include those created from electricity, driving, waste and freight. So this means that the pouches you purchase have offset all their CO2 emissions from the time they leave our manufacturer, through all our management operations, to when they arrive on your doorstep. Further to this, we have also reduced our CO2 emissions where we can, so that you can be confident that together we are modelling a sustainable, low carbon future.
We are now in the process of mapping the life cycle of our products so we are able to measure the carbon emissions created during the manufacturing process. We hope to achieve carbon neutral status for our products within the next six months.
Kai Carrier employs the services of other businesses who have clear environmental policies and are actively working towards reducing their carbon footprint. This ensures that our waste output is minimised from the point of manufacture through to the disposal of the pouches at the end of their lifespan.
Kai Carrier invests in educators and other businesses who are actively working to educate others about living more sustainably. This includes sponsorship of Kate Meads (Waste Free Parenting) and the supply of products for her workshops.
Kai Carrier is also an Associate Member of the Public Place Recycling Scheme. We believe that by investing in other businesses who share the same vision of reducing waste to landfill within NZ we are actively integrating sustainability into our business. In the 12 months to end of September 2016 Kai Carrier invested 5% of net profit into sustainably focused businesses and educators.
Our hard work and commitment to helping create more sustainable communities throughout NZ and run a sustainable business operation has been recognised by the Sustainable Business Awards. We have been a finalist in the Community Impact category (2015 and 2016) which recognises the impact of community initiatives, products or services that address a social need or invest in human resources or communities.