KAI BASKETS CONCEPT LAUNCHED
25 September 2018
Today, Kai Baskets launched a pilot trial of their reusable produce baskets at Raeward Fresh, Tower Junction. The reusable baskets, made from flax allow shoppers to collect and weigh their produce without the use of single use plastic bags. SIFT is proud to support Kai Baskets as they test their concept. Visit Kai Baskets on Facebook to learn more about the Kai Baskets trial.
SPORT AS A VEHICLE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
5 April 2018
Today, Project Litefoot received a grant from SIFT allowing them to help more community sports clubs to become energy, water and waste efficient. To date, they’ve helped sports clubs in Canterbury to prevent 373 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, divert 657 tonnes of waste from landfill and conserve 4.6 million litres of water each year. Find out more about the LiteClub programme at www.liteclub.org.
SOFT PLASTICS WASTE SQUASHED
27 November 2017
Today, Kilmarnock Enterprises ramped up their soft plastics baling operation after a grant from SIFT helped them to purchase a new baling machine. Kilmarnock is now baling all of the soft plastics collected in Christchurch as part of the nationwide soft plastics recycling programme. Visit www.kilmarnock.co.nz to learn more about how Kilmarnock is helping to reduce environmental impact with their reuse, refurbishment and recycling services.
REUSABLE MENSTRUAL CUPS ARRIVE
1 October 2017
Today, My Cup announced the completion of their first prototype menstrual cups. The reusable sanitary product which saves significant waste to landfill, has been designed and made in New Zealand with funding support from SIFT. Visit www.mycup.co.nz to read more about My Cup and their mission to change lives, one cup at a time.
MORE FOOD SAVED
28 June 2017
Today, Satisfy Food received a grant from SIFT that will allow them to save four times the amount of food that they are currently re-directing each week. The North Canterbury based organisation has saved over 37 tonnes of food to date. Visit www.satisfyfoodrescue.org.nz to find out more about Satisfy Food Rescue and the good work that they do.
MORE TREES, LESS WATER
17 May 2017
Today, Trees for Canterbury finished an irrigation upgrade at their nursery, allowing them to save water and reduce runoff to surrounding waterways. Funding support from SIFT helped make this project possible. Visit www.treesforcanterbury.org.nz. to find out more about Trees for Canterbury and their amazing native plant nursery.
FOOD RESCUE FOR GARDEN CITY
24 November 2016
City Harvest was today the latest recipient of a SIFT grant, allowing them to set up a new Christchurch based food rescue operation. The charitable trust gets surplus food safely to those in need, helping people and reducing waste. Want to find out more about City Harvest or how you can help them? Visit www.cityharvestnz.org.
MORE ZERO WASTE EVENTS
8 August 2016
Today, Innovative Waste Kaikoura received a grant from SIFT to help make all Kaikoura events become zero waste. With Kaikoura hosting thousands of visitors each year at iconic events such as Seafest, the initiative has the potential for significant impact. Visit Visit www.innovativewastekaikoura.com to find out more about Kaikoura’s Zero Waste journey.
LESS TRACKING, MORE TREES
8 August 2016
Today, Trees for Canterbury received a grant from SIFT for a new system that will help keep track of the thousands of trees and plants propagated by the organisation each year. With less time spent tracking stock, they’ll have more time for cultivating native plants for our community. Visit www.treesforcanterbury.org.nz to find out more about Trees for Canterbury and their amazing native plant nursery.
SEED TO PLATE SUSTAINABILITY
22 February 2015
SIFT is proud to be a supporter of Kakano Cafe and Cookery school which opened today. The social enterprise cafe serves an indigenous contemporary Maori food menu based on local organic, farmed and foraged ingredients. SIFT have supported an action plan to reduce waste and use more sustainable food service products at the central city cafe. Visit www.kakanocafe.co.nz to learn more about Kakano Cafe and Cookery School.
BIKE SHARE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
14 December 2015
Today, Cycle Solutions received a grant from SIFT for an independent evaluation of their two year bike share pilot. Who’s using the Christchurch Bike Share scheme and who’s not? That’s one of the questions University of Canterbury will be answering when they complete the evaluation. Visit www.sparkbikes.co.nz to find out more about Christchurch Bike Share.
DEALING WITH OUR DAILY WASTE
7 December 2015
Our Daily Waste was today the latest recipient of SIFT grant, allowing them to introduce a new line of waste bin lids and expand their event management service. Visit www.ourdailywaste.co.nz to learn how Our Daily Waste can help you reduce your waste.
GREEN GUMBOOTS IN EVERY COLOUR
14 October 2015
Today, Sandford Industries is recycling more waste plastic (PVC) than ever after a grant from SIFT helped them to purchase a new machine to recycle waste PVC. The machine transforms PVC waste generated during gumboot manufacturing process so it can be used in the production of new gumboots. Visit www.sandfordindustries.co.nz to learn more about Sandford Industries and their commitment to sustainability.
Mr BOX WINS CHAMPION CANTERBURY AWARD
17 September 2015
Last night, Mr Box won the Infrastructure/Trades Small Enterprise Category in the Champion Category Awards. The annual Champion Canterbury Business Awards showcase the region’s business success. This is another great achievement for Mr Box, a business supported by SIFT and improving sustainability in the building industry.
CAR SEAT RECYCLING ROLLOUT
16 September 2015
Today, the SeatSmart project received a grant from SIFT for a child car seat recycling trial in Christchurch. With the SeatSmart programme in Auckland proving a real success, it is hoped the trial will lead to the rollout of the recycling programme in Canterbury. Visit www.SeatSmart.co.nz to learn more about the SeatSmart programme.
NOT JUST SUSTAINABLE CHOCOLATE
3 July 2015
Bennetto Natural Foods Company was today the latest recipient of a SIFT grant. Bennetto Natural Foods Co makes sustainable organic chocolate products and with support from SIFT, they are redesigning their packaging to make it sustainable too. Visit www.bennetto.co.nz to learn more about Bennetto Natural Foods and their sustainable organic goods.
CAMPAIGN FOR ‘GOOD SPEND COUNTER’
29 June 2015
Today SIFT joined Conscious Consumers’ Pledge Me campaign as a supporting partner to help create the ‘Good Spend Counter’. The Good Spend Counter will track all the spending that ‘conscious’ consumers are making in accredited businesses. This world-first technology will help show businesses how much consumers value their efforts to do good stuff like minimising waste and using sustainably sourced products. Visit www.countmein.nz to support the Good Spend Counter campaign.
DEMOLITION WASTE TO MUSEUM ART
18 May 2015
Today, the Whole House Reuse Project, which demonstrates that demolition waste is valuable resource, was featured on 3 News. The project, supported by SIFT, transformed the demolition waste from an entire house into hundreds of pieces of art. The art will be showcased at an exhibition opening at the Canterbury Museum on the 5th of June. Visit www.3news.co.nz for the full story.
TRULY CLOSING THE FOOD WASTE LOOP
16 March 2015
The Agropolis Urban Farm project was today the latest recipient of a SIFT grant. The project aims to recycle food waste from inner city restaurants using it to grow fresh produce that local chefs can then use. The farm is based right in the heart of the central city and provides a fabulous example of a closed loop system for food production.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BIKE SAVED
3 March 2015
Today, the RAD Bikes project received a grant from SIFT for their community bike workshop project. The RAD Bikes project inspires sustainable change by educating people how to repair and reuse bicycles destined for disposal. Visit www.radbikes.co.nz for more details or better still, pop in to the corner of Cashel & High Streets to find out more about what they’re up to.
MR BOX WINS SUSTAINABLE 60 AWARD
21 October 2014
SIFT is proud to be an investor in Mr Box, which today won the Overall Small Business Category in the Sustainable 60 Awards. Competition convenor, Annette Lusk, noted the high standard this year and how exciting it was to see innovations from smaller businesses such as Mr Box. The annual Sustainable 60 Awards recognise sustainable business excellence in New Zealand.