Whenever we seldom use motorised transport, we consciously offset our environmental footprint through EKOS.
We actively sustain and improve our places of work through restoration projects, leaving positive traces on this world.
We do something each time for the environment and the community, making every SNM outing bigger than ourselves and the activity.
Caring for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace. Travelling safely, showing care and consideration for all. Respecting culture and travelling with an open heart and mind.
Keep NZ Clean
Kaitiakitanga: managing and conserving environments as part of a reciprocal relationship.
Wairuatanga: the immutable spiritual connection between people and their environments
Manaakitanga: inspires the way that travellers are made to feel welcome when visiting New Zealand, by providing unique cultural experiences through our hospitality.
Leading the world in sustainable tourism…
In 2019, SNM signed up to the New Zealand Sustainability Commitment. We have a dedicated team that are constantly reviewing and implementing practices that consider the 8 industry-level sustainability Goals and 14 Commitments within the agreement.
Our tourism strongly contributes to protecting, restoring and enhancing New Zealand’s natural environment and biodiversity through:
How and why to minimise environmental impacts while enjoying natural and cultural heritage areas. Our staff are LNT trained or trainers themselves
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES:
1) PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
2) TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
3) DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
4) LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
5) MINIMISE THE EFFECTS OF FIRE
6) RESPECT WILDLIFE AND FARM ANIMALS
7) BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS
When we have spare time, our staff like to clean up their offices (the natural spaces we work while outdoors) and join conservation and restoration groups to ensure we keep operating and that everyone gets to enjoy it now and in the future.
We encourage our staff to walk, bike, kayak etc. (human-powered movement) to and from work, if they do we pay them a nominal amount per km.
Not only do we buy the best gear in the world, but also the best gear for the world.
PLASTIC OFFSET PROGRAM: For every Starboard board purchased, 1.1 kg of ocean / beach plastic trash is collected.
CARBON NET POSITIVE: For every Starboard board produced, one mangrove tree is planted; capable of absorbing 1,000 kg of CO2 per year. We have 24 boards thus absorbing 24 tonnes of CO2 per year.
NEW ZEALAND BRANDS: Supporting local, our staff clothing is from Ice Breaker and Macpac. You won’t see us wearing cotton; we wear wool and wooden pulp fibers!
However, our Glamping tents are made with sustainable, renewable and biodegradable cotton; the low-impact material of choice for premium canvas tents.
Our sea kayaks are made in Palmersotn North. Our Buoyancy Aides are made in Rotorua. Our Packrafts are made in Karamea.
With customers and clients actively searching for businesses using eco-friendly practices, going green at the workplace has moved from being ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have.’
SNM is a community, an enterprise and a movement enabling system changes in the areas of social work, environment and physical activity.
Going green at work is all about making conscious and sustainable choices that help reduce the impact workplaces and teams have upon the environment. Doing so can provide many positive benefits including saving money, reducing waste, attracting new customers or clients, enhanced brand image, reduced energy usage and providing a healthier workplace environment.
Our business is becoming more environmentally friendly with the following 18 eco-friendly workplace examples…
The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) aims to represent a vibrant and connected sector to ensure that environmental education for sustainability is part of every New Zealander’s experience in order to build relationships between people and their environment.
Leave No Trace New Zealand seeks to educate and challenge the New Zealand public and visitors on how and why to minimise their environmental impacts while enjoying natural and cultural heritage areas.