New World Thorndon is leading the charge⚡

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When we caught up with Ash Drake, Services Store Manager at New World Thorndon, he was busy shining the wheels on the new store delivery van. Ash and the online shopping team are deservedly proud of this Nissan e-NV200 van – it’s 100% electric.

Since they started using the van in July, New World Thorndon has already saved 1,600 kg of CO2e*. The van is one of 28 around New Zealand, purchased by Foodstuffs (New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square supermarkets) to help reduce their carbon footprint.
(*Source: FlipTheFleet)


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Our van is so much fun to drive. It’s super efficient, smooth on the road, and really reliable. We’re driving over 130km on one charge – more than enough for our daily catering and online shopping deliveries. We get lots of comments from our customers – they often want to stop and chat about the van, or even take a drive! 
— Ashley Drake
 

Electric Vehicles — why they are awesome!

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Emissions from vehicles make up a whopping 20% of New Zealand’s carbon emissions. Electric vehicles are a great way to reduce these emissions. We are very lucky that most of our electricity is generated from renewable energy sources like wind and water, which means using EVs reduces your emissions by 80%!

We reckon electric vehicles are also pretty fun to drive, as they make very little noise, have amazing acceleration, and are really cheap to run. No wonder they are taking off!
 


Raise a glass for the workers 🍻

Raise a glass for the workers 🍻

Rogue & Vagabond got accredited for the Living Wage late last year after manager Calum advocated for it. Their staff are now all paid at least the minimum, and they brought the cleaners in-house as their commercial cleaner didn’t pay Living Wage.

Tom, a staff member who started after the Living Wage was introduced, is experiencing it for the first time. The extra cash definitely makes a difference, and he’s pretty happy to be part of a business that’s setting the standard.

Welcoming Cranfields to the Conscious Consumers Community

Welcoming Cranfields to the Conscious Consumers Community

Conscious Consumers love what Cranfields stands for, a family owned business in the heart of Wellington city, and one of our newest members of our business community! A mother-daughter team, daughter Nicola now leads a small group of long-serving staff to bring beautiful New Zealand-made and small-scale international producers to Wellingtonians, in their exquisite store just off Lambton Quay. We talked with Nicola about what it is that drives her vision for the store, and their philosophy.

Welcoming delicious Green Time to Conscious Consumers

Welcoming delicious Green Time to Conscious Consumers

We’re excited to welcome Green Time, an Auckland-based vegan eatery to Conscious Consumers. Yahoo! The creation of ex-young lawyer Kitty Lin, Green Time was borne out of a desire to better improve and maintain a pristine environment that we Kiwis love so dearly. Producing a series of wholesome and low-impact eats are part of Kitty’s mission for a better world, which started out as a side project. Green Time has now become a permanent and very welcome fixture in Auckland’s CBD.

Five sustainable Kiwi fashion brands we love

Five sustainable Kiwi fashion brands we love

Conscious consumers are more likely to buy a piece of New Zealand-grown seasonal fruit than an import, so it stands to reason that we might also like to support local fashion brands.

Nowadays clothing is rarely made in New Zealand, because like so many other industries manufacturing processes have long ago been outsourced. But while some Kiwi labels knowingly chose to use suppliers that are under pressure to produce cheaper clothing at any cost, others like the examples below are going out of their way to ensure a more environmental and socially-sustainable pathway for their garment production.

Winger BMW and Conscious Consumers have a prize for you

Winger BMW and Conscious Consumers have a prize for you

We’re excited to be partnering with BMW Winger in Wellington to bring you a particularly electrifying competition!Over the next four weeks you’ll have an opportunity to enter and win a four day hire package featuring a brand new BMW i3 all-electric hatchback.

We’ll be setting you up with one of these beauties, free to enjoy the full power over an awesome four days of cruising around Wellington at your leisure.