Sustainability

We strive for sustainability in everything we do. From the way we treat our team, to where we source our ingredients and how we juice the good stuff. A few of our proudest achievements are below.

Solar power

In 2018 Chia Sisters became New Zealand’s first solar-powered juicery. We put enough panels on our little juicery in Nelson to harness 16kw of energy per hour from the sun - double the amount needed to run our juicery. We send what we don’t need back to the grid.

The best part about this change is how easy it has been: we take the sun’s energy for free and then save money on our electricity bill. We hope that sharing our solar-power story will encourage other businesses to take the same approach. Be in touch if you want to know a bit more about how you can use solar to reduce your electricity bill and make a difference to the planet at the same time or read the newspaper article here.

NEVER PLASTIC

We made the decision when we launched in 2012 to bottle our juices in glass. Glass is infinitely recyclable and will never end up in a whale’s stomach, enough said.

Chia Sisters are Nelson's first accredited Living Wage employers

Living wage

Our team is our most important asset. One way we show their value is by paying all the team more than the Living Wage (the amount needed to provide workers and their families with basic necessities and also to live and participate as active citizens in society). We decided to become accredited with Living Wage Aotearoa to raise awareness about the movement that tackles poverty and inequality. Check out our awesome crew here.

CARBON NEUTRAL + Climate Positive

There has been enough talk. We have committed to being not only carbon neutral but climate positive. This means the overall activity of Chia Sisters reduces carbon in the atmosphere. How do we do this? First through reduction and then by planting primarily native trees in Nelson, our hometown. This goes hand in hand with our view that businesses need to prioritise having a positive impact on the environment in which they operate. We encourage all businesses to get involved.

Transparency

Below is a measurement of what we are using and how much CO2 we have produced in the last year. By taking a look at our own footprint we can learn how to reduce and how much we need to offset. From the below you can see the breakdown, in total we produce 22.55 tons of CO2 in a year, that’s 22.55 tons too much so in the last year we offset 27.07 tons of CO2, that’s a 120% reduction and freight to your door is included!

Chia Sisters Carbon Footprint by Activity (as calculated by Ekos)