Chantal Organics is committed to helping find solutions to concerns we all share about the health of our planet and its people.
As a company, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce our ecological footprint, both within our business practices and in the products we provide to consumers. Often, these can be small changes, that in the end make a big impact. While we are aware of the work that still lies ahead of us, we want to support this movement, and provide inspiration to other companies, communities and individuals to do their part, so that together we can make a difference.
We know that the environment is important to Kiwis. According to the Colmar-Brunton Better Futures Report 2019, New Zealanders are increasingly committed to living sustainable lifestyles, with 4 in 10 highly committed. While there is a growing momentum around climate change, the main issue for New Zealanders is around plastic waste, with 72% concerned about the build-up of plastic in the environment.
A Full Circle Of Sustainability
With this in mind, our aim is to work in harmony with our environment, our planet and its people through sustainable business practices. Here are seven ways that we’re making a difference and support our ongoing commitment to sustainability.
1. Renewable Energy
Our facilities are located in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay, which generally receives 2,250 hours of sunshine a year, among the highest anywhere in New Zealand. This provides an opportunity to utilise the sun as a truly renewable and clean energy source. In March 2016, solar panels were installed on the rooftop of the manufacturing building allowing us to capture the sun’s energy, turn it into electricity and draw it into our power supply to utilise on site.
2. Packaging Solutions
Part of our commitment to the environment includes taking a closer look at how we package our products. Currently, our glass jars and bottles, metal lids and BPA free cans are recyclable in your kerbside recycling. Our outer boxes are made with 50% recycled materials, while the remainder is from sustainably certified forests. While our dry goods are currently in a plastic resealable, reusable pouch, this is an area we are currently investigating to find the most sustainable packaging option that completes the full cycle of life and is manageable within NZ’s current waste and recycling system. Find out more about sustainable packaging and what we learned about packaging. With today’s expanding awareness and technology, we are confident we will find the best option to pack our products.
One positive initiative we are currently rolling out in February 2020 is to replace the plastic tamper evident seal on our glass jar range with a more sustainable paper seal option. This new black paper label can be left on the glass jar when consumers place it in their kerbside recycling.
Removing this plastic seal is a small, but positive step towards a full circle of sustainability. In February 2020, the new paper label tamper seal will start to appear on our 700g glass jar range, with the 400g and 230g ranges to follow later in the year. With this small change we will be removing over 250,000 pieces of plastic from making their way into the environment each year.
With this small change we will be removing over 250,000 pieces of plastic from making their way into the environment each year.
According to a sustainable packaging report by GlobalWebIndex, when it comes to environmentally friendly packaging, consumers identified recyclability as the most important to them. Although it also identified that only 30% of people feel they have enough information about what packaging can be recycled.
In June 2020, we started using Rockstock, a paper made out of stone, for all our new jar labels. Rockstock, a brand of Rich Mineral Paper (RMP), is a tree-free paper manufactured from milled quarry waste stone, marble and tile and offcuts left over from the building industry (brilliant!) using no water and minimal energy. This process creates no air pollution, no toxic run off and no water pollution. It is recyclable, photo-degradable (not bio-degradable as it does not attract insects or organisms to consume it) and even compostable, when sufficient heat is present. A truly sustainable paper that turns waste from other industries into the world’s most environmentally friendly paper!
As part of our commitment to sustainable packaging, we provide transparent and fair-minded educational material and clear packaging instructions. It is absolutely necessary that consumers put the item in the correct recycling bin, to play their part in completing the package’s full circle of life.
3. On-site Sustainability
Sustainability is always being reassessed on site for further improvements. In our distribution facilities, all cardboard is reused or recycled, orders are sent on reusable pallets and any broken pallets are given to a local power station to burn for electricity generation. Until a better film to wrap deliveries & prevent breakages is available, 100% of the plastic stretch film currently used to wrap orders on pallets is soft-plastics recycled. In 2019, Chantal Organics’ order policies changed to full cartons only, in an effort to eliminate additional packaging resources. All of the paper on our site is recycled and retail customers receive paperless invoicing. Our nationwide sales team use paper free sales tools out in the trade.
4. Supporting Organic Farming
Our organic range of products, including fresh NZ grown produce and both local and imported dry goods, support a global movement of organic and regenerative agriculture to support a positive impact on the quality of soil and the planet. Sustainable and organic farming is a holistic approach that prioritizes the long-term health of the soil, land and waterways to support ecological balance, environmental quality and healthy workers. By supporting organic farming and supplying certified organic products, we encourage an environmentally conscious product life cycle, from harvest to package. Interested in the benefits of eating organic food? Read more here.
5. Striving to be Carbon Zero/Zero Waste
This is an area we are continuously working on. Currently, we are focused on food waste at every level of our processes. Our proactive production team has a waste reduction program in place, which constantly reviews the systems in place. Any dry goods past the best before date, but still safe to eat is given to staff and local food banks. Our conscientious fresh produce team ensures any surplus fruit and vegetables are given to local food banks to avoid spoiling. Any produce waste unfit for human use, feeds the local organic pigs and chickens.
6. Educate, Inspire and Engage
Our actions come from a genuine concern for the environment and its inhabitants, and we hope by standing for up sustainability, it inspires other businesses, communities and individuals to take action too.
7. Building Relationships
Both within our company and with suppliers, we build lasting relationships that are supportive and understanding. By acting respectfully towards each other, we encourage a positive, supportive workplace where our team works together towards our common goal. Together we all share a deep-seated respect for the planet and make decisions that help support and protect its environment.
Our Sustainable Partners
Find out more about the sustainably conscious companies we partner with.
- Loving Earth specialise in making raw, vegan chocolate that is plant-based, sustainable and incredibly smooth.
- Clipper Tea offer a range of tea that is natural, fair and delicious.
- Isola Bio has been making organic, plant-based milks in Italy since 1999.
- Showcase is a paperless tool used by our sales team to present, share and inspire our customers.
Sustainability is a journey we are all on together. Its enormity can be overwhelming; however, Chantal Organics is determined to find solutions. Our team is aware of the work ahead but does not let this deter us. Currently, we are working hard to find a solution to our plastic packaging and look forward to providing a more sustainable option this year.