Building towards a sustainable future


When we choose to make a little change for better, together we can make a big difference.  A big difference is certainly needed…it’s estimated that in New Zealand alone we generate 17.49 million tonnes of waste per year, of which an estimated 12.59 million tonnes is sent to landfill*.

To make it easier for Kiwis to live more sustainably and support the transition to a more circular economy, Mitre 10 is making changes to how it operates and bringing solutions for customers.

By 2025, they aim to eliminate all unnecessary product packaging, whilst all other packaging will be home compostable, refillable, or fully recyclable right here in Aotearoa. And they aren’t waiting around, already up and running are their instore recycling programmes for hard-to-recycle everyday items such as plastic plant and seedling pots, lightbulbs, and polystyrene packaging, and working through a solution with batteries . These are circular programmes, with recycled materials being used to make new products, instead of going to landfill.

A national EV charging network is on the way too. Some stores already have chargers for customers to use, but in four years you’ll be able to top up your charge at any Mitre 10 store around the country. With water conservation, carbon management and solar projects next on their sustainability horizon.

That’s right…the locally owned co-operative isn’t just helping Kiwis build pergolas and plant boxes, it’s here to help build a better future for the planet to support change in our communities and build towards a more sustainable future.

Do-It-Yourself audit for your home.
Mitre 10 are on a mission to help Kiwis make a positive difference every day at home too! This free downloadable Household Sustainability Audit is packed full of practical and simple acts that will help your household live more sustainably, reduce your carbon footprint and therefore help preserve our precious environment, not to mention save you money in the long run.

From food usage to transport options to energy efficiency you can self-audit key lifestyle habits. Have you ditched plastic bin liners? Do you have a home ventilation system? Do you have a well working compost system or worm farm? How about using your own containers when buying takeaway?

As well as choosing to responsibly recycle, these (and plenty more!) practical and simple acts at home are positive steps towards reducing the spiraling levels of waste destined for landfill.

What difference have you already made?
Share with us how you make change for the better at home and you’ll go in the draw to win a $500 Mitre 10 voucher. T&Cs apply.

*Ministry of Environment, 2021.

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