Looking after this wonderful place we call home is so important. Together with our team, suppliers, and customers, we’re doing our best to make New Zealand a better place for future generations.
New World sustainability milestones
Sustainable packaging - reduce, reuse, recycle and compost
We want to see less plastic in our stores and supply chain. That’s why in June 2018 we signed on to the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration. By 2025 all our Private Label and retail packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable. We’re also working to phase out ‘problematic’ plastic packaging. You’ll have seen some of our hard work in action – from introducing Bring Your Own Containers at delis and serve-overs, to saying ‘goodbye’ to microbeads before they were banned, plastic cotton buds and single-use plastic bags.
The world has been relying on plastic for a long time, too long. So we created our 10 packaging principles to guide what “good” looks like in our business, and we share them actively with our suppliers.
Our 10 packaging principles
|1. Remove unnecessary packaging||2. Reduce packaging weight by design|
|3. Design for re-use||4. Move to fibre based renewable materials|
|5. Prioritise clear plastic Type 1 and Type 2||6. Specify post-consumer recycled content|
|7. Use only home compostable bioplastics||8. Avoid hazardous materials|
|9. Educate consumers||10. Communicate expectations to suppliers|
Our Food in the Nude produce sections mean you’ll be seeing a lot less plastic at 36 New Worlds in the South Island, with more to come!
At New World, we’re committed to doing our part to reduce our operational carbon emissions. We’ve signed on to the Climate Leaders Coalition and are actively working to reduce our emissions in support of New Zealand’s zero carbon ambitions. Our Low Carbon transition strategy is achieving this through:
Waste minimisation and recycling
We have been running an award-winning Waste Minimisation Programme in our stores since 2014. We divert approximately 85% of our waste away from landfill and New World stores are committed to ensure good food doesn’t go to waste.
Our Waste Minimisation Programme encourages our stores to focus on reducing waste in the first place, reuse waste if possible, or recycle with landfill a last resort. Thanks to the programme, over 3,000 tonnes of waste is diverted from landfill every month! Highlights have included:
We’re committed to zero food waste
As part of the programme, our stores proudly partner with Food Rescue organisations nationwide so that safe and edible food go to at-risk and vulnerable New Zealanders, not landfill. This not only significantly reduces waste, it feeds those most in need – the equivalent of 4.2 million meals a year from New World stores.