Our stores have been busy doing what they can to help make a difference and are proud to stock sustainable, ethically produced, qualified and natural products.
Plum Organics in Papamoa has found going plastic bag free a relatively easy change. A few months ago, they we were approached by local non-profit community initiative, Boomerang Bags, to place a bag-share box outside the store. Boomerang Bags can be borrowed, reused, passed on or even brought back. All of the materials and fabric are donated and the bags are handmade by volunteers, keeping the initiative local and sustainable.
“Most customers will bring their own bag, or just carry their purchase,” says Plum Organics Owner Linda. “Only occasionally will a customer ask for a bag, so we keep a few paper bags on hand, or they will grab a Boomerang Bag on the way out.” “It’s a start, but we had to start somewhere – and I’m proud of our community for their willingness to do their bit.”
Supporting Plastic Free July
Many of our stores are hugely supportive of Plastic Free July and have been active with this movement for many years.
A huge part of this is giving customers the choice to purchase plastic-free, eco-friendly products. All of our stores have a very large range of eco-friendly products available from natural deodorants to menstrual cups, natural perfumes, plastic-free sanitary products and bamboo toothbrushes.
Come in to your local store to find out more about what’s available to help do your bit!
Bring your own container
The Herbal Dispensary in Raglan make it easy for people to bring their own containers. The containers are weighedfirst, then once filled are weighed again.
It’s great as customers can buy as little or as much as they like! The Herbal Dispensary also has a refill station in store for shampoo, conditioner, bodywash and household cleaning products. They also have a large bulk food section, including dry goods and products such as organic cider vinegar and organic olive oil.
Xtreme Zero Waste
The Herbal Dispensary work closely with Xtreme Zero Waste in Raglan and recycle all their bottles, plastic containers, cardboard, papers, and soft plastics.
All of their food waste is collected by local pig farmers to help feed the animals and they actively encourage suppliers to reduce their plastic packaging too. They’ve also moved to compostable courier bags and paper wrap for wrapping website orders, so no more plastic bubble wrap! Bronwyn from the Herbal Dispensary has also taken part on the very successful Plastic Bag Free Raglan steering committee for the last few years.