The Goodness Grocer won the ‘Fair on All Fronts’ award at the first ever Auckland Community Zero Waste Awards 2018.
This award is for an innovative community or social enterprise that is converting waste into a resource and improving social, environmental and local economic outcomes. Steph Martin, owner of Goodness Grocer, said, “Someone nominated us and we have no idea who!
“It was a huge surprise when we got an email saying we were getting an award,” she said. “We’ve never sent any rubbish to landfill! We recycle and reuse whenever we can.
“Our polystyrene even goes to a pet store to be reused. It creates a real circular motion in the community.”
Now they are really trying to reduce the plastic that leaves the store. “We want to have bulk bins and let people bring in jars and containers to use. But, we want to do it once and do it right!”
The Waiuku store has been open for five years and the Pukekohe store three years. “Plastic free July has just finished and it went so well.
“We did more this year than the last five years combined! Everyone can make a difference and do something. If everyone in Franklin does one thing it’ll make a huge difference!”
The Goodness Grocer is on the lookout for someone local to handmake some kete for them. “We put out a Facebook post about it and had a great response but we need someone to actually make them! They don’t have to be perfect or beautiful.” People can get in touch by calling 09 238 8868.