NZ Circular Economy Case Studies

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Innocent Packaging creates certified commercially compostable packaging made from plants. The company recently teamed up with WeCompost to pilot The Full Package. This is New Zealand’s first city-wide café-based compostables collection system.

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Studio Pacific Architecture used SBN’s free Circular Economy Model Office Guide to help guide the refurb of their offices. It worked so well they now recommend it to clients. What could you do with it?

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fuji xerox

Fuji Xerox New Zealand was the first company within their industry in New Zealand to have their Product Stewardship Scheme accredited by the Minister for the Environment in 2015 and is now the first in the industry to improve their Scheme. 


3R Group

3R Group help clients take responsibility for their products at the end of their life, reducing environmental harm, improving resource efficiency and creating value.  Critically, they help you solve a key problem for your customers: how to responsibly dispose of unwanted products and packaging.

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Since 2012, Ethique has been producing solid beauty bars as a compostable, plastic free alternative for personal health care. The ingredients are sustainable and biodegradable, and the packaging is uncoated, recycled, compostable cardboard boxes.

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Auckland District Health Board is taking a leading role in reducing medical waste and redirecting non-hazardous plastic waste from landfill to recycling.

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Clearsite Demolition Ltd

Clearsite Demolition deconstructs – rather than demolishes – houses. It salvages timber, historical features, and fixtures and fittings that can be reused, repurposed or recycled. This significantly reduces the quantity of demolition waste.

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EcoStock Supplies 

EcoStock Supplies Ltd takes more than 10 large truckloads a day of pre-consumer food waste and turns it into high-grade food products for animal feed.

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Global Action Plan Oceania 

Global Action Plan Oceania (GAPO) operates and manages a zero waste network across Auckland. This includes many initiatives designed to disrupt the traditional take-make-waste model.

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Innocent Packaging 

Innocent Packaging produces disposable food packaging made from plants. It is the first and only packaging company in Australasia to only produce plant-based packaging.

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Mashbone Dog Treats 

Mashbone Dog Treats are made from a waste product of the brewing process. The treats have no preservatives and fillers, so are good for dogs as well as the environment.

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Reclaim’s advisory services provide business with expert knowledge to effectively reduce their waste. It takes a holistic, systems thinking approach to customers’ waste diversion practices so no parts are viewed in isolation.

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The Formary

The Formary is creating a circular system to extend the life of clothing and reduce the ecological impacts of landfilling. It is diverting clothing and textiles from landfill, and looping them back into industrial production.

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Trade Me

Trade Me facilitates a big chunk of the circular economy in New Zealand with millions of items traded second hand each year. The company’s Accidental Eco-Warriors campaign quantified and promoted the environmental impact of this trading.

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TROW Group

TROW Group specialises in civil contracting and machinery hire. In an industry renowned for producing waste, it is dedicated to deconstruction and salvaging material.

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Wishbone Design Studio

Wishbone Design Studio has created a multi-functional balance bike for children aged one to six, made from 100% post-consumer recycled carpet. Wishbone Bike Recycled Edition is the world’s first bicycle made from 100% recycled material.

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Woolchemy processes disused wool and creates a superabsorbent wool fibre for the healthcare sector. It creates biodegradable, compostable and renewable material composites that are sustainable alternatives to personal hygiene and sanitary products.