From this week, customers visiting a selection of Z service stations across the country will be able to call themselves conscious consumers.
On Monday, five Z sites across the country became Conscious Consumer accredited as part of a pilot, joining around 300 other local Kiwi businesses recognised for their commitment to sustainable and ethical products and services.
Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says Conscious Consumer accreditation is just the next logical step for Z.
“At Z, we’re committed to sustainability, and we’re committed to providing our customers with ethical and sustainable products and services on our sites.”
“Working together with Conscious Consumers was the perfect fit for us, and it gave us a great opportunity to get some external accreditation for the changes we’ve worked so hard to make,” Ms. Ward says.
The programme, which recognises businesses for their ethical business credentials, awards accreditation only once a certain number of badge standards have been met.
The five Z stations piloting the programme – Z Pukekohe, Z Bethlehem, Z Carlton Corner, Z Kaiapoi and Z Mosgiel – have been recognised for having met the badge standards for Recycling, Composting, Generosity, and BYO Containers.
“In 2012 we set ourselves a target to reduce our waste to landfill by 70% and immediately got into action on our recycling programme. We estimate we recycle about 3,500 tonnes of cardboard, paper, plastic, cans and glass, and compost about 500 tonnes of food waste a year,” Ms. Ward says. Z also operates the biggest public place recycling network in the country, with forecourt recycling bins on 103 service station sites across the country.
“We’re committed to supporting our local communities through our Good in the Hood programme, which sees Z giving away around $1 million per year. And, although we’ve happily accepted customers who choose to bring their own coffee cups for a number of years now, from Monday this week in our five pilot Z sites we’ll be offering a 50c discount to those customers.”
The Conscious Consumers hospitality accreditation programme has over 300 business and 40,000 consumer members across the six main regions of New Zealand. Their app lets consumers find and support local businesses acting sustainable and doing good stuff in their communities.
For more information on Conscious Consumers, visit www.consciousconsumers.org.nz