28 STYLE | report Wool growers and marketers are actively looking for innovative ways for their renewable fibre to replace synthetics, like strong-wool coffins. It seems companies that champion environmental or social issues are going from strength to strength in the eye of the consumer as Kiwis are highly committed to living sustainable lives through their purchasing decisions. From shampoo and shaving bars to plant-based eateries, we are turning into sustainable thinkers. Christchurch is embracing the newly opened Welder, a complex with upcycling at the centre of the design and development. Inside the repurposed character buildings, find businesses such as Good For, a packaging-free grocery store. There, you are encouraged to bring your own reusable packaging or use paper bags provided, for free. Meanwhile, schools are going plastic wrap-free and entrepreneurs like 16-year-old Taupo student, Brooke Moore, are developing products to overtake household staples. Brooke has developed an edible and biodegradable agar-based alternative to plastic food wrap – called Wrapt, and it comes in three flavours. Currently preparing to present to Glad Wrap and having won a 2019 Girlboss Award for innovation, she’s now aiming to pitch to companies whose product hers aims to displace. It’s clear we are all on this path together as we seek out eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable production. Could New Zealand follow in the footsteps of San Francisco Airport and go plastic-free? Will more countries follow China’s initiative to ‘green-up’ deserts, laying grids to forest the sands? Watch this space. One thing’s for sure, I’m on this better-for-you, better-for-our-planet train, and with so much choice, why wouldn’t we be? From shampoo and shaving bars to plant-based eateries, we are turning into sustainable thinkers. Good For, a packaging-free grocery store at The Welder.
The Big Trend of Going Small One size and one shape definitely does not fit all. One weekend recently, I had the pleasure of joining a tour of architectural homes which championed the principles of energy awareness and conservation, amongst other things. Style over size was evident amongst all the individual and specific architectural signatures, as was the variation of spatial configurations, and this has caused me to reflect on the increasing popularity of smaller properties and the acceptance of different ways of doing things. Firstly, size. Not small, as in ‘let’s fit your entire life into a caravan’, but small as in compact, thoughtful and clever, is enjoying an increase in popularity throughout our region. The restraint required to ‘live smaller’ would be too much for me and it’s no secret that I have a maximalist rather than a minimalist approach, but I can definitely appreciate why this trend is gaining momentum nationally and internationally. Millennials wanting a chance to get onto the property ladder are considering alternatives to the types of properties their parents might have started with, and size features strongly in this equation, whilst retirees are wanting to turn things on their head and look to a similar lifestyle and property, but smaller, having been there and done that. One of the reasons for considering a smaller dwelling is obvious: energy efficiency. A smaller house should be easier to heat, and this flows directly on to a reduced cost. A smaller ecological footprint, helping both your pocket and our planet. Solar-powered options feature, as do passive heating methods based around a house’s orientation and construction. Excess materials, color choices and furniture are all pared back, and clever storage options become all-important. The other notable element in choosing to live like this is that your community and your city surroundings take on a whole new meaning, and with ‘intimate’ (my word for ‘tiny’!) garden spaces, you can see the merit in this. The park next-door acts as your garden and the city, your backyard – and potentially a scooter replaces your car. For me, it seems like the easiest time to make a decision to commit to this lifestyle would be when you first start out and don’t have much or later when you have so much that you think, ‘I now want less’. That middle period with kids, cars, bikes and all the other stuff that comes with life would make it too hard for some, but as the tour I’ve referred to has taught me, not everyone feels this way. Therein lies the beauty of the times we live in and the choices we have. One size certainly doesn’t fit all – nor is it expected too – and it just so happens that there are architects, builders, developers and designers thinking the same way. It makes for an engaging and interesting era. Lynette McFadden BUSINESS OWNER HARCOURTS GOLD HARCOURTS NZ INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN AMBASSADOR Inspirational Women You are invited! Join us to hear life changing stories from inspirational speakers with great messages for both men and women. Thursday 21st November 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Hagley Oval Refreshments and canapes served TICKETS ARE COMPLIMENTARY SO BE QUICK! Please reserve your seat by 14th November. Email your name and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org Rosa & Margo Flanagan, Two Raw Sisters Lynette & John McFadden, Harcourts gold PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY: Stacey Beatson, NZ’s top Stylist, featured in Next magazine, Sept. 2019 PAPANUI 352 6166 International Division (+64) 3 662 9811 REDWOOD 352 0352 PARKLANDS 383 0406 NEW BRIGHTON 382 0043 FOLLOW US ON