Enviromental friendly businesses recognised

by Kent Caddick

A glasshouse made out of recycled plastic bottles is one of the projects in line for recognition in this year’s Responsible Business Awards run by Lincoln Envirotown.

The awards, which aim to promote environmental sustainability in Selwyn businesses, will be handed out at a ceremony on November 3.

Lincoln Envirotown Trust (LET) project manager Dave Fitzjohn said the businesses which have taken part this year are to be thanked for their efforts in completing a new assessment process, and for their commitment to sustainability and community involvement.

“The assessors who have been visiting businesses throughout Selwyn have been very impressed with the huge number of initiatives that businesses are instituting to lessen their impact on the environment and to help build and maintain community ties.”

Mr Fitzjohn said all participants have been clearly building on their practices in these respects, but a few notable examples were: an accident repair company which has started using water based paint instead of previous more toxic varieties; cafes encouraging the change to reusable carry-away mugs; a local school building a greenhouse out of discarded plastic bottles, and many enterprises encouraging their employees to get out to the Port Hills to replant them with native plants.

“Over the last two years some amazing long-term initiatives have come about as a result of Lincoln Envirotown and businesses combining in projects born out of discussions during this awards process.

“Among these are a consumer battery recycling scheme and some businesses coming together to put fruit trees into primary schools.”

He said for the first time this year there will also be an educators’ trophy to be awarded to the educational enterprise which is deemed to have been the winner.

“There is a strong field of 16 entrants in this category all of whom will receive commendable award levels regardless of who takes the trophy.”