Live green

Live green. Lets take care of our planet

Our values – Buy Good, Live Green, Speak Up, Make Change and Be Kind – remind us that we all have the power to change society for the better every day. We believe in the power of every single person to contribute to that change.

We are a sustainably focused organisation, and in our quest to build a better world we believe that small, everyday actions can make a big difference. Let’s Live Green and take care of our planet.

“It is our collective and individual responsibility … to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live.” — Dalai Lama


Going plastic free starts at home

Embracing a clean, green lifestyle is rewarding and fun, and it’s easy to start at home.

  • Choose to use reusable products made from natural fibres in and around your home. Browse our range of beautiful plastic-free products that are sustainably produced and perfectly suited to living green.
  • Make your own cleaning products using pantry basics like baking soda and white vinegar, and essential oils.

It's all about compostability!

We use compostable packaging across many of our food products including chocolate, drinking chocolate, cocoa and tea. On all our food packaging you will see information about which parts are compostable and how to dispose of them responsibly.

We use Econic compostable packaging for most of our products including all our  chocolate block and bars, because it’s designed to retain the utility and food safety provided by traditional plastic films, but without the impact on the environment.

Setting up a home composting system can be very useful, and also enjoyable! The ideal environment will contain heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms. If you are missing one of these elements, if for example your home compost is too dry, the composting process will not be as effective.

Learn more about this here.


New compostable teabags

Did you know that most teabags in New Zealand are made using a filter paper which incorporates a fine mesh of plastic (polypropylene) to strengthen and seal the bag. We’d all prefer not to have plastic in our cup of tea, so at Trade Aid, we’ve been working closely with our partner in India, Tea Promoters India (TPI), to find a new filter material that does not contain polypropylene. In 2019 a new material finally became available which uses starch based PLA in place of the polypropylene. After extensive testing, and a few shipping delays due to Covid, we have proudly made the shift to using teabags that are free of petroleum-based plastics and will break down in industrial and home compost systems.

Learn more here


Our packaging sustainability plan

The environmental impact of our packaging is an area of continual work and improvement for us.

New Zealand consumers in recent years have become, understandably, very aware of the waste created at the end of a product’s life cycle, because this is most visible to them. However as a business concerned about making the best possible environmental decisions, Trade Aid’s responsibility is to take into account the product’s entire lifecycle and not just the waste stream that results at the end of a product’s life.

You can read more about this and learn about our packaging plan and bigger environmental goals here.


Trade Aid and Toitū Envirocare

Respecting and caring for the environment is high on everyone’s agenda. But for us at Trade Aid National office in Christchurch, it’s a critical part of our business.

An Environmental Management System (or EMS) is a way of making sure an organisation does what it should do, and does what it plans to do not just once, but time and time again. It’s the foundation from which all environmental and sustainability initiatives are instigated, implemented and maintained. Recently, Trade Aid Importers has become a member of EnviroMark Solutions, now known as Toitū Envirocare, to help us on our journey of developing a robust Environmental Management System.

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Go green today!

Check out some of our cool plastic-free products that can help you live green.