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Waste not, want not: scraps-to-caps company Offcut turns its eye to tackling plastic

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Waste not, want not: scraps-to-caps company Offcut turns its eye to tackling plastic

Offcut is a New Zealand company that makes caps from textile scraps destined for landfill, while dabbling in others initiatives to tackle environmental issues, like planting a tree for every hat sold. But its co-CEOs are now turning their eye to plastic following a recent sourcing trip to Bali, where they were alarmed at just how much of it was clogging up the oceans. Here, Adrien Taylor explains Offcuts’ brand ethos, the mini-documentary they’ve made about their Bali experience and how in the future, the company will be incorporating recycled waste plastic into its hats.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Daryl Briggs a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Aquafortus, which removes water from waste. 

Raison d’être

A new initiative that offers affordable kitchen space and a mentoring programme is about a whole lot more than helping food and beverage businesses thrive – it’s also about promoting a sustainable food and business ecosystem and encouraging healthier communities. Say hello to The Kitchen Project, a story which we're republishing this as part of our Poverty Week pop-up.

Who made your clothes?

The 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide by Tearfund has shown Kiwis how some of our most trusted brands have performed when put under the microscope. A lot of the brands within New Zealand performed well and had good results, yet some scored lower than expected. So, what do the grades reflect, and what should we take from the study?

Who made your clothes?

The duo behind design-focused social enterprise Paper Rain Project, Indigo and Wills Rowe, recently embarked on a trip to Kolkata, India to meet the women employed to make their fair-trade clothing and learn how their lives have benefited from a living wage. Here, Indigo shares what they learnt from the experience, whether other companies should travel to see who makes their products and what else is on the horizon for 2018.