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Christchurch couple leading by sustainable example

A Lincoln-based couple are leading the way when it comes to sustainable leadership at their supermarket, New World Lincoln.

Kyle and Helen Burnett are the owner/operators of the New World supermarket in Lincoln, Canterbury. They have embraced the true meaning of sustainability in the running of their store, from dramatically reducing its environmental impacts, to supporting many causes in their local community.

Lincoln New World was the first and only store in New Zealand to have wind turbines in its car park, and one of the first of two supermarkets in New Zealand to offer customers the chance to bring back their old plastic bags for recycling. 

They have also led other successful waste and energy saving initiatives. A solar powered ‘nappy bin’ in the car park offers the community the opportunity to compost ‘disposable’ nappies instead of sending them to landfill.  Lincoln New World will also be one of four Foodstuffs stores to trial the new recyclable alternatives to the non-recyclable polystyrene meat trays. If October trials go well the store could be offering customers the chance to divert more than 300,000 meat trays away from landfill to the recycling bins of Canterbury.

Kyle and Helen’s focus on sustainability reaches much further than the four walls of their store.  During the aftermath of the earthquakes, the store donated large quantities of food to the Ellesmere food bank and continues to do this when possible. The store sponsors and supports the Lincoln Envirotown initiative and provides vouchers as prizes for the Lincoln University Eco Friendly Flat competition. Additionally, another six schools in the local community are offered sponsorships and prizes for a variety of yearly activities and fundraising events.  Every year Lincoln New Worls supports local schools in cleaning up the Liffey (their local stream).  It also offers financial support to kindergartens, play centres, local church groups, community care organisations and sports teams.