Sustainability

AiOra and our parent company PharmaZen are committed to ensuring we are environmentally responsible.

Packaging:

We carefully considered what kind of bottles we could use for our products. In the end it came down to weighing up what we could safely store our dietary supplements in for consumers, while still being recyclable and easily transported. We decided to use New Zealand company Pharmapac’s number 5 plastic, polypropylene bottles and lids. These bottles can be kerbside recycled or easily reused at home. Put your shampoo and conditioner in our smaller bottles when you’re going away or use them to carry your salad dressing for your packed lunch. Why not turn one of our larger bottles into a piggy bank for the kids or organise your desk and store your office supplies? Our bottles are also great for the workshop to store screws, nails and other bits and pieces. We looked at using glass bottles, but these would be considerably heavier increasing freight miles and its carbon footprint. We are constantly trying to reduce our carbon footprint, so other packaging options are always being investigated.

Knowing the source:

Traceability is important to us. That’s why we put a lot of work into sourcing ingredients and materials we know were grown or farmed using sustainable practices. A lot of our products are made using by-products of the meat industry that would otherwise go to waste. Our krill and fish are wild caught in accordance with strict government quotas, while our bovine products come from pasture-raised grass-fed beef. In addition, the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Programme has rated Greenshell mussels as the one of the most sustainable seafood products in the world.

Reducing our carbon footprint:

In 2010 PharmaZen adopted the CEMARS programme, now known as Toitū Carbonreduce, to lower our environmental impact. Our team is committed to operating as an environmentally responsible company through waste reduction and recycling, energy savings and GHG emission reduction. We have been working with Toitū Envirocare to progressively reduce our overall environmental impact through a managed monitoring programme. This has been integrated into our existing Quality Management Programme. We acknowledge what we do will have an impact on the environment – and we strive to do better, which is why we have been working with Toitū. Over the last decade we have met our targets each year, reducing our overall emissions. In both scope 1 and 2 our emissions have reduced by 505.77 tCO2e. A reduction in emissions intensity (for scope 1, 2 and mandatory scope 3 emissions) of 132.25 tCO2e/$M has been achieved based upon a 5 year rolling average. Introducing biodiesel from GreenFuels was a move towards a more sustainable future for our business. We’ve replaced diesel with this more sustainable biodiesel option, which is made in Christchurch from 100% recycled vegetable oil. This has reduced our fuel emissions, covered under scope 1 and we have also phased reticulated LPG out of our operations. At PharmaZen, our team is committed to investing in plant equipment that is more eco-friendly to play our part.

Waste reduction:

We’ve been working on waste reduction through our in-house recycling programme, with cardboard and plastic separated on site and recycled. Our chemical containers are collected or dropped off to facilities that recycle them. The by-products that come as a result of our production operation currently are either repurposed for another use or composted off-site. We are always looking at ways we can turn these into usable products to prevent waste. Water is another area of focus for us, with work underway on how we can recycle this precious resource to lower the amount we need to use during the manufacturing process.

Packaging:

We carefully considered what kind of bottles we could use for our products. In the end it came down to weighing up what we could safely store our dietary supplements in for consumers, while still being recyclable and easily transported. We decided to use New Zealand company Pharmapac’s number 5 plastic, Polypropylene bottles and lids. These bottles can be kerbside recycled or easily reused at home. Put your shampoo and conditioner in our smaller bottles when you’re going away or use them to carry your salad dressing for your packed lunch. Why not turn one of our larger bottles into a piggy bank for the kids or organise your desk and store your office supplies? Our bottles are also great for the workshop to store screws, nails and other bits and pieces. We looked at using glass bottles, but these would be considerably heavier increasing freight miles and its carbon footprint. We are constantly trying to reduce our carbon footprint, so other packaging options are always being investigated.

Reducing our carbon footprint:

In 2010 PharmaZen adopted the CEMARS programme, now known as Toitū Carbonreduce, to lower our environmental impact. Our team is committed to operating as an environmentally responsible company through waste reduction and recycling, energy savings and GHG emission reduction. We have been working with Toitū Envirocare to progressively reduce our overall environmental impact through a managed monitoring programme. This has been integrated into our existing Quality Management Programme. We acknowledge what we do will have an impact on the environment – and we strive to do better, which is why we have been working with Toitū. Over the last decade we have met our targets each year, reducing our overall emissions. In both scope 1 and 2 our emissions have reduced by 505.77 tCO2e. A reduction in emissions intensity (for scope 1, 2 and mandatory scope 3 emissions) of 132.25 tCO2e/$M has been achieved based upon a 5 year rolling average. Introducing biodiesel from GreenFuels was a move towards a more sustainable future for our business. We’ve replaced diesel with this more sustainable biodiesel option, which is made in Christchurch from 100% recycled vegetable oil. This has reduced our fuel emissions, covered under scope 1 and we have also phased reticulated LPG out of our operations. At PharmaZen, our team is committed to investing in plant equipment that is more eco-friendly to play our part.

Knowing the source:

Traceability is important to us. That’s why we put a lot of work into sourcing ingredients and materials we know were grown or farmed using sustainable practices. A lot of our products are made using by-products of the meat industry that would otherwise go to waste. Our krill and fish are wild caught in accordance with strict government quotas, while our bovine products come from pasture-raised grass-fed beef. In addition, the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Programme has rated Greenshell mussels as the one of the most sustainable seafood products in the world.

Waste reduction:

We’ve been working on waste reduction through our in-house recycling programme, with cardboard and plastic separated on site and recycled. Our chemical containers are collected or dropped off to facilities that recycle them. The by-products that come as a result of our production operation currently are either repurposed for another use or composted off-site. We are always looking at ways we can turn these into usable products to prevent waste. Water is another area of focus for us, with work underway on how we can recycle this precious resource to lower the amount we need to use during the manufacturing process.

Click here to view our Toitu Carbon Reduce Certification.