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Sustainable summer: Untouched World


The once fast-paced fashion industry known for constantly cycling through trends seems to be slowing down as many brands and consumers embrace sustainability.

 

Here in Christchurch, Untouched World has been at the forefront of the movement since 1998.

It was the first lifestyle fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability and has since gained praise from big names like the Clintons, Barack Obama and Joanna Lumley.

Proud to be 96 percent New Zealand made and 100 percent passionate about protecting the planet, Untouched World’s new summer collection combines sustainably sourced natural fibres with enduring designs to deliver all the comfort of a work-from-home wardrobe without compromising on style.

Strong believers in a less-is-more aesthetic, the company has carved out a niche for timeless, premium quality pieces that dress up or down with ease.

Their latest arrivals include luxurious linens that move effortlessly from meetings to meet-ups, and Tencel tops and dresses that are splashed with a soft, summery seascape inspired print.

Untouched World’s signature ZQ certified Merino knits deliver a dose of uplifting warmth, while an airy recycled cotton capsule offers cooling coverage as the days heat up.

This season also sees the introduction of the CoolTree™ Collection, an ultrafine knitwear range made from an innovative new blend of Merino and Tencel.

On a mission to make a difference and share the feel-good factor with more than just those wearing their clothes, Untouched World donates a percentage of all sales to helping marginalised communities and to educating young people through their UN recognised Sustainability Leadership Programmes.

Shop sustainably this summer at Untouched World at 155 Roydvale Avenue in Christchurch.


 

5 Green Stars for Tūranga


Impressive not only in form and function, Christchurch’s revered Tūranga has added yet another accolade to its long list – this time, for its eco-friendly design.

 

Tūranga revitalised the CBD when the $92m five-storey Warren and Mahoney-designed public library opened in Cathedral Square in late 2018.

Now, it has become one of the few public buildings in New Zealand to be awarded a 5 Green Star – Custom Design Certified Rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) in recognition of it exceeding best practice benchmarks in a range of areas including energy and water use, indoor environment quality, use of sustainable materials, reduced ecological impact and reduced emissions.

Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says Tūranga was designed with both people and the environment in mind.

“We wanted it to be a place for people, but we also wanted it to have minimal impact on the environment. Our goal was to create a sustainable building with a low carbon footprint that was both architecturally striking and welcoming.”

Since Tūranga opened it has won the Supreme Award at the Property Council New Zealand’s Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards, the Warren and Mahoney Civic and Arts Property Award; the civic category award at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards; the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering’s Seismic Resilience Award for Design to Achieve Low Damage; the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand’s Supreme Award; and the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions.

Last year it was also named as one of four finalists for the 2019 International Federation of Library Associations/Systematic Public Library of the Year Award.


 

Cottoning on to sustainable fashion


Being fashion conscious is increasingly weighted towards the conscious part of the term. From ecological impacts on the environment to social justice issues in supply chains and modelling campaigns: designers and consumers alike have sustainability in mind.

A. LEVIS WELLTHREAD RECYCLED DENIM

Smaller collections, less often: Prada’s “refreshingly practical” (as one writer put it) Spring 2021 runway show last month was a pared back collection of well-made, working from home-friendly staples. Such collections may well become the new norm as the industry takes a Covid-enforced rethink of the necessity and eco footprint of large, frequently-released collections.

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Cottonised hemp: Made from a hemp yarn that’s been processed to have the look and feel of cotton, cottonised hemp requires less water, chemicals and land to grow than cotton – making it a more sustainable choice. Jean geniuses Levi’s have just released its latest range made of this fabric into New Zealand.

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Is pre-order the new order? Instead of releasing fully produced collections, some designers (like Kiwi labels Harris Tapper and Ellis) are opting for pre-order. The antithesis to oft-problematic fast fashion, pre-order might mean a longer wait for shoppers – but could spell the end of left-over, unwanted stock going to landfill.

Tactical textiles: Oranges, pineapples, potatoes, banana and coffee; excellent for eating, drinking and also, apparently, for wearing. New fabrics made from food waste are emerging the world over, with cult New Zealand handbag brand Deadly Ponies recently joining the fray with a trio of vegan handbags constructed from organic cactus leather.


 

eco-sustainable sewage solutions


Are you looking for a simple, environmentally-friendly sewage treatment system that doesn’t require expensive, ongoing maintenance?

 

 

The NaturalFlow system not only provides an eco-sustainable sewage solution and produces a high-quality result to treat wastewater, but also saves money and time.

Keeping it simple is the company’s philosophy – using power-free, natural processes to treat wastewater.

One of NaturalFlow South’s many satisfied customers say they came across the company after a large amount of research into septic systems for their new home in Glentui.

“Living off-the-grid with solar power meant that we had to make sure our system worked well for how we live and also how the system would fit into our property and lifestyle. The gravity-fed option was great as it has no need for any power at all. We have been very happy with NaturalFlow – from the initial quote with the owner, to the patience of Carina with council consents delays.

“The guys on-site were great and even managed to put in the trench without any damage to trees or plants. We are also using NaturalFlow for a UV filter for our household water as we are on a rural water scheme. Couldn’t have asked for better!”

NaturalFlow South owner Kingsley Kepple sells and supplies NaturalFlow systems to a range of customers across the South Island, from farmers and lifestyle block owners, to camping grounds and homestays.

For more information, phone 0800 628 356.


 

Sustainable Chic


We’re all about sustainability right now and, as society gravitates towards more eco-friendly lifestyles, we become more ecologically conscious and knowledgeable about the products we fill our houses with and their longer-term use – not just in function, but also in form. Welcome to the ‘Green Age’.

 

 

Bonkers for bamboo: This material is often labelled as the fastest-growing plant on earth, which results in it also acquiring the attribute of being highly sustainable. This is a material that can be used for almost anything around the home such as flooring, cabinets, lightshades and even outside furniture. Just be sure to get good quality bamboo from a sustainable factory, as it’s not always the sturdiest material.

Grow up: Plants are the reason we’re able to provide oxygen to our lungs. So why not get closer to the source? Adding houseplants to your home will improve the quality of the indoor air and constantly remind you that we have to nurture nature so that it can do the same for us.

A bright idea: It’s hard to believe that something as simple as switching your lightbulbs could be a stepping stone to making your home more sustainable. Well, believe it. Energy-efficient lightbulbs are the way to go moving forward. They’re cost-effective and long-lasting. It might be time for you make the switch.


 

Soak your worries away: Degree43


Hot tub therapy is ancient, used for centuries to relax muscles, relieve stress and experience the renewal effect of immersing yourself in warm water. Canterbury’s own Degree43 brings the future of hot tubbing to you with its stylish, environmentally friendly, and bach-to-bush innovation, beautifully finished in stainless steel and cedar.

 

 

 

This local, top-end and forward-thinking hot tub design is also surprisingly affordable. Whether socialising in your backyard or space-gazing in the back of beyond, your quality of life index just took a giant leap forward.

Hands-on Directors Marty Long and Dwayne Dunn came up with the clever design that uses around 400 litres less water than traditional hot tubs, making the hot tubs easy to heat and energy efficient. The high quality 304 moulded stainless-steel means hygiene – no opportunity for bacterial nasties to make themselves at home as in a wooden or plastic hot tub. Even better, the hot tubs use completely fresh water. There is no purchase and use of harsh chemicals, simply recycle the water onto the garden (or forest floor) every few days, or add the UV kit which keeps the water sparkling clean.

Choose from two heating options: a heat pump from Christchurch’s Warmth New Zealand that uses the same technology as underfloor heating, costing just $3.20 to heat from cold, and genuinely less than $1 per day to maintain heat; or the take-it-anywhere, state of the art, in-tub wood fired heating. Just a small wheelbarrow load of wood heats 1600 litres of water in less than two hours. The tubs are available in three sizes or custom-made, and the 20-year warranty with minimal maintenance required makes the hot tubs a no-brainer in value for money.

Degree43 is 100 percent Canterbury owned and operated, and all the materials used in the hot tubs are locally sourced and fabricated. The hot tubs come with a fully insulated lockable cover from The Cover Guy in Auckland, which has a three-year warranty.

Meeting at age 16 on their first trade course, Marty and Dwayne together founded Degree43 tubs, working in fine and technical stainless-steel fabrication with a focus on innovation. The hot tubs are their first step into the leisure market, and having worked so hard to perfect the product, the Degree43 strapline ‘relax, you deserve it’ could apply to them.

“We love the hot tubs; they’ve become a real passion project for us and we are proud to offer the 20-year warranty for the stainless steel – you won’t find longer,” says Marty. Degree43 will deliver wherever, and are very happy to discuss finance options. As well as selling directly, you’ll find Marty and Dwayne and the hot tubs at agricultural and trade shows around the country. “It’s so rewarding to use our skill base to provide a product this good, that brings therapeutic relaxation to hard working people,” Dwayne says.


 

Seek Spy, find why: Spy Valley Wines


Hidden in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand, you’ll find family owned estate Spy Valley Wines featuring award-winning, sustainably crafted wines that capture the unique time and place of every harvest.

 

 

Six varieties of grapes are grown on more than 160 hectares of pristine vineyards. It just so happens that the winery and tasting room share the valley with a satellite communication station that finds the terroir perfect for spying too.

Unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley wine has demanded global attention; the wine has been called ‘impossible to ignore’ and the company is among the planet’s 20 most notable new producers.

Visit Spy Valley’s family-friendly tasting room any time of year where you can relax and enjoy breath-taking scenery and award-winning architecture. Open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 4:30pm during the winter.

If you seek a vibrant, crisp, exciting wine that surprises and delights, this is it; wines which are refreshing on hot days and comforting on cool ones. When you find one, #seekspy.


 

Industria

Rolleston’s funky new space: Industria branches out

Industria now has its name in bright lights at burgeoning Rolleston Square.

Industria

The design and gift store specialist with a spacious funky fitout opened a second location last month – the ultimate for practical, well-made and quirky designer items and furniture. Serving the Selwyn region, owner Janine Reese, along with Bronwyn and Mel, are proud Rolleston locals who know just what customers want.
“More people care about buying sustainable and ethical than ever before,” Janine says. “LilyBee reusable, beeswax-lined food wraps, made in Hawkes Bay, come in incredible designs. Our first shipment sold out in two weeks.”
There’s stainless steel straws, Joco glass reusable cups and S’well bottles for hot or cold drinks on the go.
Most items are New Zealand made or designed – from jewellery ranges such as JHD Designs to amazing artwork from New Zealand artists and affordable gifts.
A click and collect option on www.industria.co.nz to pick up from Rolleston Square or The Colombo in Sydenham, makes life even easier.