The Ultimate 2024 Checklist to Make Your Business More Environmentally Friendly

In 2024, businesses across New Zealand are recognising the importance of stepping up their game in the environmental arena. With climate change and environmental degradation at the forefront of global concerns, the shift towards biodegradable and eco-friendly packaging and products is not just a trend – it’s a necessity. Here’s your ultimate checklist to ensure your business is on the right track to being more environmentally responsible.

Audit Your Current Practices

Start with an Audit: Evaluate your current usage of packaging materials and products. Identify areas where non-recyclable or non-biodegradable materials are used.

Understand Your Impact: Gauge the environmental impact of your existing practices. This can be done through carbon footprint calculators or professional sustainability audits.

Switch to Biodegradable Packaging

Research Your Options: There are numerous biodegradable alternatives available now, like PLA (polylactic acid) plastics made from cornstarch, and biodegradable packing peanuts.
Consider the Whole Lifecycle: Ensure the packaging you choose can be easily composted or recycled within New Zealand’s waste management systems.
Educate Your Suppliers: Work with your suppliers to ensure they understand your new standards for packaging.

Adopt Eco-friendly Products and Cups

Use Sustainable Materials: Opt for products made from sustainable, renewable resources like bamboo, sugarcane, or recycled materials.

Encourage Reusability: Implement systems for reusable items, such as cups and containers, especially in hospitality businesses.

Provide Incentives for Customers: Encourage customers to bring their own cups or containers by offering discounts or loyalty points.


 Implement Green Practices Internally

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Foster a culture of sustainability among your staff. Encourage practices like recycling and efficient energy use.

Green Your Operations: Look into energy-efficient appliances, solar power, and other green technologies to reduce your business’s carbon footprint.

Regular Training and Awareness: Keep your team updated with regular training on new eco-friendly practices and products.

Stay Informed and Adapt

Keep Abreast of Trends and Regulations: Environmental standards are continuously evolving. Stay informed about new technologies, materials, and changes in environmental legislation.

Seek Certifications: Acquiring environmental certifications can not only ensure compliance but also enhance your brand’s reputation.


Engage with Your Community

Promote Environmental Awareness: Use your business platform to advocate for environmental issues and educate your customers.

Collaborate for a Bigger Impact: Join local or industry-specific initiatives to work collectively towards larger environmental goals.


Measure and Publicize Your Impact

Track Your Progress: Regularly measure the impact of your green initiatives, be it in reduced waste, energy savings, or increased recycling rates.

Share Your Journey: Transparency is key. Share your sustainability journey with your customers and stakeholders through social media, newsletters, or in-store displays.



Adopting biodegradable and eco-friendly practices is not just about keeping up with the times; it’s about taking responsibility for the health of our planet. By following this checklist, businesses in New Zealand can play a pivotal role in paving the way towards a more sustainable future. Remember, every small change counts when it comes to environmental stewardship. Let’s make 2024 a landmark year for eco-friendly business practices in Aotearoa.


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