Welcome to 2020!

In 2020, New Zealand was supposed to be carbon neutral and organic!

In 2000, at the Soil and Health Association New Zealand Conference, more than 400 delegates designed a pathway for ‘making Aotearoa New Zealand organic by 2020’.
In 2007, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020 was published describing clearly and practically which steps New Zealand can take to tackle climate change. From home renovation, carbon neutral living, to transport, renewable energy, organic agriculture, politics, sustainable design, solutions exist.

However, not enough people followed these pathways, yet. And so today, the first day of 2020, we wake up to a hazed sky, due to climate change catastrophe happening in Australia. I see it as a message from the Earth, Gaia’s wake-up call. We need to act. We need to change.

We need to mitigate climate change (=reduce the speed of change) to give us (and as many beings as possible) the time to adapt to it.

Everyone, at home, at work, businesses, local and central government, organisations, each of us, we can decide to change the way we do things so that the planet can restore itself to continue to sustain us. We have lots to do to catch up. Small things, large things…

Today I decided to never buy tea bags again! Loose tea or preferably garden tea, flavours harvested from nature as the season goes. Expected result: free and ever changing tea.

Last week, our household collectively decided to never throw food away (in the compost or bokashi of course -but still a waste). So we became more aware of the fridge content to use food when it is fresh. And we reintroduced our own version of the gloubi-boulga: Cut every vegetable and savoury not-too-fresh food in dice in an oven dish. Stir in leftovers. Cover with generous layers of grated cheese. Cook for 40mn in oven at 180C. Result: Always a delicious surprise!

Big change could be to pledge that your next vehicule will be electric. Then you start exploring the market and discover lots of interesting things, including that these cars are not much more expensive! Result: experience the priceless satisfaction to go around town, silently and without pollution.

These simple examples show how easy change is and how pleasing the results are. So go ahead, just decide to change. Change is good!

Embrace change! Have fun!

There are thousands of ways described in countless books and websites, just google “eco-friendly” or “sustainable living”, or ask us for help.

Now offering Greenhouse Gas Reporting

Greenhouse gas reporting is voluntary for businesses and organisations (while already systematic for some industries).

As New Zealand is bound by international agreements, this reporting will sooner or later be compulsory and likely associated with taxes on CO2-equivalents produced. So we might as well anticipate, begin to measure and take steps to reduce our GHG emissions. This will benefit the planet too which in turn is good for us.

All the information is freely available online but unless it’s your hobby, it looks cumbersome. We know all about it so we can help you! Contact us to begin your voluntary greenhouse gas reporting.

Earth Action #2 : Switch to bamboo toothbrushes

Did you know that most toothbrushes are made with plastics such as polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon bristles. They not only require a lot of fossil fuel to create, they also accumulate in the environment for ever! Over 4.7 Billion plastic toothbrushes are produced and dumped each year!

Take Action!

We have partnered with Go Bamboo to offer compostable bamboo toothbrushes at only $4. Available in selected shops and family pack of 4 toothbrushes here online.


Earth Action #1 : Switch to Ecotricity!

Did you know that over 4 billion kilograms of CO2 are still emitted from electricity in New Zealand each year?

Take Action!

We have partnered with Ecotricity, the ONLY provider of 100% carboNZero Certified Renewable Electricity in New Zealand, to enable our community to become 100% Carbon Neutral, 100% Renewable Energy user.

And it is cheaper too!

Please enter ‘Earth Collective Wanaka’  in the “How did you hear about us” field on the “Other Info” tab so that Ecotricity can follow all the good work we’re doing together as a Collective.

Take Earth Action #1 now: CLICK HERE TO SWITCH to ECOTRICITY , it only takes 5-8 minutes.

Two good news

Goal 14-12

1- Earth Collective has a new deadline for the fire house lease: Monday 18th. Four more days!

2- We have exceeded half of our goal today and trust we can make it with everyone support.

If you can donate, contribute or invest today, you will feel good knowing your money enables Earth Collective to make Wanaka the FIRST carbon-neutral, zero-waste and sustainable lifestyle town in New Zealand.

Please share with your network who are potentially interested too.