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Win an Eco Alkalines battery set Win an Eco Alkalines battery set

Eco Alkalines are the world's first certified carbon…

Win a chocolate lovers' Trade Aid gift pack Win a chocolate lovers' Trade Aid gift pack

Trade Aid is a fair trade organisation helping talented…

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Creating a naturally healthy home for winter
Creating a naturally healthy home for winter

ELEMENT PROMOTION: Not all chemicals are bad - water is a chemical after all - but there are some chemicals used in everyday…

Video: Meet Ben Bell, Hungry Bin inventor
Video: Meet Ben Bell, Hungry Bin inventor

Element editor James Russell met local eco-preneur Ben Bell, the founder of Low Impact and the creator of the Hungry Bin…

Solar: Good for the planet and the bank balance
Solar: Good for the planet and the bank balance

ELEMENT PROMOTION: SolarKing are New Zealand's specialist solar panel suppliers and solar installers. They offer German-engineered…

Recipe: Cosset's Spiced Cauliflower Salad
Recipe: Cosset's Spiced Cauliflower Salad

This mid-winter salad, put together by Cosset Cafe head cook Sophie Lewis, puts a new spin on roast vegetables. Spiced cauliflower…

Sustainable business

Simon Terry: GM guardian's error a grave failing
Simon Terry: GM guardian's error a grave failing

A spectacular fail by the Environmental Protection Authority raises serious questions about its reliability…

Smart shopping with Conscious Consumers

Ethical shopping scheme Conscious Consumers is growing up, with plans to expand beyond the hospitality sector and beyond…

What's all the fuss about fairtrade food?

I'm a big fan of baking with chocolate. Is there anything greater than melting together dark chocolate and butter to create…

Kiwi carbon firm's global ambitions

From a loft office at the bottom of Queen Street, a small team is working on carbon accounting software used by clients…

Return To Sender's green funerals
Return To Sender's green funerals

Coffin manufacturing is not typically known for being the most dynamic of industries. So it's hard to…

Sustainable business guide for New Zealand

The Sustainable Business Network has released a guide to New Zealand's top green businesses and those who've shown interest…

Auckland's Green Offices: Five green stars for Westpac HQ

For Westpac, gone are the days of vanilla office spaces and employees working in silos. Today the bank's headquarters, on…

Auckland's Green Offices: Kiwi gym leads pack

One might think that gaining a formal environmental accreditation would require a fair bit of hard graft for the average…

Auckland's Green Offices: Bank's new HQ nails efficiency results

Eight months after its official opening, ASB's new corporate headquarters in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter has cut electricity…

Live Chat: Importance of economic diversity
Live Chat: Importance of economic diversity

What will New Zealand look like in 2025? With a host of challenges such as climate change, an ageing…

'Google of Garbage' expands in NZ

Kiwis will soon be able to recycle toothbrushes and coffee capsules thanks to the local expansion of global trash-to-treasure…

New social enterprise accelerator for New Zealand

A new social enterprise accelerator programme will be set up to support the use of business skills to solve social and environmental…

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Human Rights

Bolivia legalises child labour
Bolivia legalises child labour

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labour, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalise…

Same-sex marriage pioneers split

They were NZ's first legally married same-sex couple, but now it seems Melissa Ray and Tash Vitali have called it quits…

How social media became a weapon in propaganda war

Social media has become one of the weapons of war. The Israeli army, which has been on Twitter since 2009, now has 286,000…

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Sam Judd on the environment

Sam Judd: Keeping coral
Sam Judd: Keeping coral

Whilst I was hitchhiking across the Pacific Ocean on sailboats in 2008, I saw some incredible, untouched…

Sam Judd: Environment v Economy
Sam Judd: Giving it away for good
Sam Judd: What do I get in return?
Sam Judd: Is coal the solution?
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