Clean Jeans

If I had to pick one company to illustrate my Agenda, Saitex would be a great choice. Billed as the world's cleanest denim factory, their innovation and values drive towards being gentle on the planet by considering their impacts on the environment, people, and communities. Better business for a better world. New Zealand menswear retailer … Continue reading Clean Jeans

So People and Nature Prosper

The Nelson-Marlborough branch of the IoD put on a lunch seminar last week featuring Sustainable Business Network founder and CEO Rachel Brown. Like Rachel, I believe business has a responsibility and a key role to play in addressing the world's environmental and sustainability issues. I also believe business success and environmental sustainability are not totally … Continue reading So People and Nature Prosper

Staying Positive

Thinking about sustainability and making changes for a better world should be a positive thing. However I’ve had a few people recently say to me that they’ve had to take a break from their deep thinking about climate change and the environment for the sake of their own mental health. I understand what they mean. … Continue reading Staying Positive

Role for Science

There are no silver bullets to address climate change, and the damage we’re doing to the environment. It’s a total system we’re impacting and the necessary responses are equally broad. Consumers, businesses, regulators and governments all have a role to play. So does science. Picking on plastic - because that’s a favourite thing of mine … Continue reading Role for Science

Be the Change – It Matters

A major new European study reports that individuals have a major role to play in tackling climate change - as significant an impact as major corporations - but only if they can be encouraged to make significant lifestyle changes by effective government policies. Personal choices will get is so far - but government leadership will … Continue reading Be the Change – It Matters

Slow Food for the Planet

The Slow Food movement started in the 1980s in response to threats to local food cultures and traditions posed by globalization, corporatisation and industrialisation of food. While the movement has a large emphasis on taste and culture, the centrality of food in our lives (kind of important to life!) means changes in food culture and … Continue reading Slow Food for the Planet

Measure to Manage

Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying 'you can't manage what you don't manage'. And I guess I've just quoted him saying that one more time. Whether it’s tracking your email-newsletter opening rates, the time it takes to complete a 5km run, or your revenue and profitability, we must measure relevant metrics to track performance … Continue reading Measure to Manage

Wagging for the Planet

Should wagging (skipping school) to protest for more action to address climate change be punished with a detention?  Would facing a punishment like detention make the protest more meaningful? Interesting questions, but irrelevant in my view. Absolutely good on every student who participated in a protest for more action on climate change today.  The first … Continue reading Wagging for the Planet


When I saw a colourful display promoting #giveupthebottle I wasn't sure if it was a product for weaning toddlers or the tea-totalling equivalent of a quit-smoking product. Neither was of interest for me. On closer inspection, the eye-catching packaging contains hair and skin care products and the like - all in bar form and with … Continue reading #giveupthebottle