Environment and Sustainability

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.

Carbon offset
Tiaki Promise

Proud supporters of the Tiaki Promise

Drive carefully

Be prepared

Show respect

Protect nature

Keep NZ clean

Incorporating Core Māori Values


Kaitiakitanga: managing and conserving environments as part of a reciprocal relationship

Wairuatanga: the immutable spiritual connection between people and their environments

NZ People and Culture
Committed to Sustainable Tourism

NEW ZEALAND TOURISM SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT:

Leading the world in sustainable tourism…

Tourism strongly contributes to protecting, restoring and enhancing New Zealand’s natural environment and biodiversity

  • Restoring Nature
    We contribute to protecting and
    enhancing Aotearoa New Zealand’s
    environment, including water,
    biodiversity, landscapes and clean air.
  • Carbon Reduction
    We act urgently to contribute to
    Aotearoa New Zealand’s transition
    to a net zero carbon economy.
  • Eliminating Waste
    We take responsibility for the entire life
    cycle of products and services we use
    and ultimately eliminate the waste
    associated with these.

Leave No Trace (LNT):

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

Conservation and Restoration

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.

Responsible travel…

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.

SNM Green at Work

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.’

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…

  1. Reusable cups, plates and cutlery – we make the choice to only use reusable plates, mugs and cutlery at work instead of disposable options.
  2. Print double sided – if printing is required of documents, we print on both sides of the paper to reduce paper usage.
  3. Energy saving devices – when purchasing new devices, including lightbulbs, we pick the most energy efficient options.
  4. Work from home – when there is opportunity for staff to work from home, reducing emissions getting to work, we do so.
  5. Recycle used devices, appliances and furniture – instead of disposing of used office gear, we sell or donate it instead.
  6. Natural cleaning products – we use natural or toxin free cleaning products.
  7. Add lots of plants – as well as producing a more pleasant environment to work in, our plants help improve the air quality within our workspace too.
  8. Unplug appliances – when not in use and there is no need to keep it on, we unplug an appliance.
  9. Send digital letters and newsletters – instead of printing letters or newsletters out and then sending by post, we send them by email instead.
  10. Choose light coloured decor – when repainting or changing workplace decor, we choose light coloured options which reflect light and reduce the need for overhead lighting.
  11. Buy recycled office supplies – many office products are made from recycled products, including paper and plastic products. We choose ones which are made from recycled materials and then when used, we recycle them again.
  12. Use refillable products – items such as pens and cloth hand towels are refilled and reused.
  13. Email receipts – instead of printing the customer a receipt, we email it to them instead.
  14. Reuse packaging materials – we keep and then reuse packaging materials when sending out products to customers or between workplaces.
  15. Buy in bulk – not only does this reduce the number of packages being sent, but we save ourselves and you money when purchasing bulk products.