A beacon of sustainability

Ngāi Tahu Property has waved its green wand over the central city, with the residential, commercial and industrial land developer now celebrating a five Green Star rating and 5.5 star NABERSNZ energy efficiency rating for the Pita Te Hori Centre building.     The New Zealand Green Building Council awarded Te Urutī, one of two […]

Sisterhood of Sustainability

Sustainability; everyone’s talking about it, but few are doing something about it. Metropol caught up with fashion designer Maggie Marilyn and head of sustainable beauty brand Ethique, Brianne West about paying much more than lip service to the most pressing conversation of the century.     The subject of sustainability has been increasing in intensity […]

In hot demand

Ethical clothing range Willou has been in hot demand this summer, which has seen stylish new designs added to an already evolving collection that’s all made right here in Christchurch.     Founded by sisters Sarah and Dominique Dougall, this sustainable brand aims to create “small collections of trans-seasonal pieces” by supporting local businesses and […]

Sumner Gem

Nestled in the heart of Sumner and somewhat now an institution, The Ivy gift and homewares store has moved into its sixth year of business. While favourite brands and labels remain, fresh products are constantly being sourced with an ongoing emphasis on sustainability and ethical production. Owner Karen Aitken, who has a background in food […]

Q&A: Sustainability at its heart

The Fermentist is one of the hottest newbies on the culinary block, with beer at its roots and sustainability at its heart. We caught up with the brewery’s passionate General Manager Simon Taylor about this story of sustainability and making history.       Simon, can you tell us a bit about your brewing journey […]

Celebrating carbon footprint reduction: YHA New Zealand

YHA New Zealand has reconfirmed its carboNZeroCertTM certification by celebrating a 21 percent reduction in carbon emissions since 2016.     This celebration comes off the back of its nomination for the Environmental category of the New Zealand Tourism Awards. Both achievements represent a challenge from YHA to the rest of the tourism industry. “Our […]

Takeaway without throwaway

Christchurch coffee connoisseurs now have a convenient, environmentally friendly option for their daily takeaway coffee, with reusable cup sharing company Again Again launching its revolutionary system in the city.     Twenty-two cafés around Christchurch have joined the launch, including 16 Coffee Culture cafés, three Switch Espressos, Prima Roastery, XCHC and Procopé. “Our mission is […]

Get composting!

With the spotlight shining brighter on sustainability and climate change now more than ever, there’s never been a better time to give love to your garden. Nourish your plants/vegetables and recycle your food scraps at the same time with compost! Here’s a guide to get you started.       First things first: a good […]

Sustainability in architecture: Allfrey + South

With interest growing in sustainable lifestyles, we caught up with architect Craig South of Allfrey + South Architects for his thoughts on the role architecture has to play in the sustainability equation.       Sustainability means different things to different people. As an architect, what does sustainability mean to you? I think we all […]

Ministers launch sustainable living programme

Carbon emission, waste and pollution are in the spotlight as we seek to create a sustainable future for New Zealand.       Future Living Skills gathers and presents useful information from reputable sources to support behaviour change and consumer choices. The community education programme is now being made available for free online, making the […]