Our Commitment For Our Environment

We're doing a few things to help protect, sustain and improve our beautiful environment. You're helping too by purchasing our products. Read on to see what we're up to.

Nature is as awesome as it is generous. We all benefit from nature so we have every reason to give back. That's why we're embarking on a journey to reduce our footprint and help nature thrive. It's a journey because what is sustainable today may be seen as wasteful tomorrow; because continuous improvement is the only option. We know we're not perfect and, frankly, we don't know what perfect looks like, but we want to offer you something that you can be proud of.

Something that is from nature and for nature.

This means understanding more than just what something is made of, like how and where it is made and who made it. It means listening to the experts. It means collaborating with people and groups who are already making an impact. It means asking what is important to you. It means using challenges as opportunities to find solutions to environmental problems.

So come with us, because tomorrow depends on what we do today!

A Lighter Touch

Packaging

Ever wondered what is better for the environment; plastic or porcelain? Canvas or cardboard? Well, so do we...all the time. Some packaging materials are strong and durable and live long lives, others are soft and fragile but require little energy to produce. Some materials can be used again and again, while some are designed with an end purpose in mind.

We take a big-picture approach and aim for packaging that not only ensures a lighter touch but provides solutions to environmental problems. We know we have work to do and we hope you are proud of the direction we are taking.

What are we doing?

- 100% recycled (and recyclable!) jars with 30% recycled paper labels
- Screen printed glass bottles
- Soy-based inks and water-based adhesives in our cardboard
- FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified paper and cardboard
- Certified compostable pallet wrap (shrink wrap)
- Certified compostable courier bags.

Flourishing Life

Ecosystems

From the trees to the seas to the birds and the bees, one thing is for certain: they are all connected. We support the natural environment so bees can thrive, because healthier and happier bees doesn't just mean pure honey, it means more pollination, which means more plants and trees, which means more biodiversity, which means cleaner rivers, which...you get the idea. We aren't interested in just protecting our environment, we want to help our ecosystems thrive!

What are we doing?

- Native reforestation along waterways
- Sourcing from beekeepers in remote regions who cherish the land.
- Managing our operational footprint with a Toitū certified Environmental Management System

Close The Loop

Waste or Just Another Resource?

What is the saying; energy doesn't die? Everything we use comes from something and is going somewhere. Our job is to close the loop and keep the energy in the right place, to prove that the resources we use to deliver your honey can live another life. We know as well as you do that the convenient old saying - "out of sight, out of mind" - makes no sense. Landfills were never the solution. So we've abandoned the view of so-called 'trash' in favour of a common-sense approach that respects our environment. The approach that once-loved materials are just another valuable resource to be loved again.

What are we doing?

- Turning organics into rich compost
- Turning the backs of our jar labels into magazine and tissue paper
- Recycling all of our soft plastics, hard plastics, cardboard and electronic waste
- Returning steel drums back to the beekeepers who need them
- Prioritising second-hand or other environmentally-friendly products and equipment.

A Litre Goes A Long Way

Water

If you've ever been thirsty you'll know that a litre goes a long way. The key is remembering the life potential of water when you're not. At the foot of the stunning Kaimai Ranges we are blessed with plenty of fresh water, but that doesn't mean we should enjoy it freely and without consideration for other life. Dry spells may be just around the corner. Conserving and protecting the water we have may well conserve and protect the wellbeing of rivers, wildlife and our neighbours. Let's be custodians of the water that nature provides us. Let's never forget that a litre goes a long way.

What are we doing?

- Setting water reduction targets
- Recirculating water used for cooling and heating
- Filtering cleaning water before it re-enters the local system.

A Grounded Approach

Carbon

As our grandparents constantly warned us, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. Carbon, when it ends up in the atmosphere, is no different. When little bits of carbon stick to air particles, carbon turns into carbon dioxide and floats around in the atmosphere trapping heat on the ground. Too much heat too quickly makes it hard for life to adapt, and that's when things get messy. So we take a grounded approach to carbon... literally. We aim to keep as much carbon in the ground as possible. The more we learn about carbon, the more we find ways to take less of it out of the ground and the more we find ways to put it back in the ground. For every problem, there is a raft of solutions. Let's be the solution.

What are we doing?

- Intelligent logistics that keeps freight on the sea and not in the air
- Prioritising local goods and services that don't have to travel far
- Prioritising organic ingredients and low carbon products
- Avoiding virgin plastics
- Using web-conferencing instead of driving or flying
- Providing plant-based breakfasts to our team.

The Future Is All Natural

Sprays, Chemicals and GMOs

A miracle in a bottle? Or a remedy worse than the disease? Pesticides and other sprays used to increase agricultural yields are commonplace. And a bit too commonplace for our liking. There is no doubt that glyphosate, a weed killer, has helped to boost yields for many farmers and growers in the short term. But if we step back for a minute, what effects can we expect in the long run? First of all, sprays are chemicals. Chemicals that a regenerative and biodiverse land does not need, least of all what we need in our diets. Second, chemicals are regularly used in tandem with other short-sighted land practices, like tilling. This erodes the quality of the soil and harms ecosystems. Third... do we need a third? We have much to learn but for us, the future is all natural.

What are we doing?

- We test all our honey for glyphosate residue and other pesticides
- Using only Non-GMO verified ingredients.