Cost savings and incentives
Sustainable businesses are often cost-efficient and productive. They attract and retain loyal customers, and residents are keen to see a greener city. We provide advice and support to help business become more sustainable with networking opportunities, practical tools, training and sustainability assessments.
Our incentives for your business
We've got a range of incentives and programmes for businesses and individuals that put recycling and energy efficiency at the top of their list:
- We’ll waive or considerably reduce the consent fees for sustainable alternatives such as solar hot water, double glazing retrofits on buildings built before 2000, and rainwater tanks.
- You can join the Jackson Street Programme and be inspired by a network full of sustainably-minded business owners.
- We offer a one-off $500 subsidy and localised advice to support Lower Hutt businesses to achieve recognised business sustainability accreditation:
- Waste audits: we'll support and subsidise you to get a waste audit that helps your business to save money by avoiding or re-using your waste materials. Contact us to find out more. We can also help connect you to the right people to help you minimise your building construction waste.
- Council is a corporate member of the Sustainable Business Network. Download their Green Office Guide
Other ways to green your business
Other things to consider, that could save both the environment and your bottom line:
Green commuting - it's good for business
Promoting smarter travel options to employees is a great way for organisations to engage with staff, have some fun and increase productivity.
When you recognise and reward employees who carpool, walk, cycle and use public transport, it's the icing on the cake. Your employees will gain personal health and social benefits from choosing alternatives to driving alone. It also reduces the demand for staff parking at your worksite.
Council has its own public transport and green travel incentives in place for our own staff, and we're happy to advise you about what's worked for us.
Business waste and resources
We are currently developing a programme to offer reusable trade waste back to the community via a cooperation with the Common Unity Project Aotearoa.
If your business has a recurring waste stream which you think has potential to be used in another business or for community use, please email email@example.com to discuss your options.
Lower Hutt's sustainable business leaders
Hardieboys Beverages have been making fresh ginger beer and lemonade drinks in Wainuiomata for over 25 years. The drinks are brewed with passion by Rebecca Hardy-Boys, using recipes passed down through the generations.
They are low in added sugar and are made with fresh, organic ingredients which are locally sourced where possible. Their freshly made drinks have a short shelf life, lasting up to three weeks in the fridge to keep their nutritional value. The drinks are not pasteurised (heat treated), because the process would kill the live yeasts and bacteria that give the drinks their healthy probiotic qualities.
Resene started in an Eastbourne garage in 1946 and is still proudly New Zealand owned and operated. Resene won the Sustainable Business of the Year Award in 2010 and has been named Most Trusted Paint Brand since 2012.
The company is known for its focus on sustainability, and it helps and encourages others to think and act sustainably in their businesses. The Resene Eco.Decorator programme recognises a nationwide network of environmentally responsible, quality-focused painting contractors.
Resene’s PaintWise paint and packaging recycling programme (accredited by the Ministry for the Environment) has collected 3 million containers of paint. Over 200,000 litres of water-based paint has been recycled and donated to community groups. Most of this is used for covering up and preventing graffiti in the community. That’s enough paint to cover over 2,000,000 square metres of graffiti!
Label and Litho
Label and Litho (self-adhesive label makers) have been consistent award winners and sustainability champions since 2010.
Printing has often had a bad reputation for its environmental impact, which ironically isn't necessarily deserved. Negative publicity about the environmental impacts of paper and printing in the 80s and 90s encouraged the printing industry to become more environmentally sensitive, 20 years ahead of other industries.
The local business is committed to maintaining an excellent standard of environmental sustainability. In 2006 they joined Landcare's EnviroSmart programme and achieved Enviro-Mark Gold certification in 2008. The programme conducts annual audits to improve Label and Litho's resource efficiency, and reduce their waste, energy, water and raw material use.
Label and Litho won the Sustainability Award at the 2013 Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards, and took home five gold medals at the 2015 Pride in Print Awards. They were also finalists at the 2015 Technology Valley Awards.
Other local companies committed to sustainable business: