Sustainability is a journey of taking care of people, planet and profit. Not all solutions to sustainability are already here so we are taking a research-based approach to find better ways of doing things.
We’re focusing on natural and compostable solutions; reducing waste; energy efficiency and carbon reduction.
We can’t do this on our own, so we’re partnering with some of the country’s brightest minds to take a transparent and science-based approach.
READ MORE BELOW ABOUT OUR JOURNEY TO GOING GOOD.
The objective of this experiment was to challenge ourselves to make a highly desirable and functional rug using only biodegradable natural fibres and almost nothing else.
We created an entire palette of beautifully soft yarns using the natural colours of cross-bred and alpaca wool instead of dyes and colourants. We learnt how to work with these different types of fibres at large scale to produce a 100% natural yarn efficiently.
Rug Experiment 2 is underway – watch this space as we continue to push hard to find better ways to bring our beautiful product to your floor.
The $2.1 million project for our Napier wool yarn spinning plant, co-funded by EECA, will see us transition from natural gas process heat to electric heat pump technology. The project is designed to improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes, by detailed process heating measurement, minimising waste heat and optimising the heating system configurations and technology to meet future production volumes.
A second decarbonisation initiative, which is also co-funded by EECA, at our Whanganui plant will see a gas fired dryer replaced with an alternative which uses radio waves to dry woollen yarn during the production process.
Transitioning to electric heat pump technology in our Napier plant will save up to 1,500 tonnes of CO2e per annum. The installation of the radio frequency dryer in Whanganui is estimated to save a further 197 tonnes of CO2e per annum.