Social Responsibility at Further Faster
Nature and the outdoors are our main motivators here at Further Faster. Both in life and business. Taking steps to be kind to our environment is something we are always trying to improve on in our outdoor shop in Christchurch, along with our suppliers, partners and community.
In case you were wondering, here are some of the ways we like to give back to the world.
Changing Our Habits
In the store we’re trying to change our habits on the day to day for the sake of the environment. Here’s the latest changes that we’ve made:
*We’re changing from pens, which are difficult to recycle, to pencils wherever we can
*Have you noticed the “Done your bit?” poster in the stairway? For every day that we walk/bus/bike to work we get a star (just like in primary school). Each star =$1 donated by FurtherFaster to a different charity.
*To fuel our coffee addiction, we’re getting glass bottle milk and coffee locally roasted.
*Staff coffees are always in a keep cup. Remember to #UYOC folks! Dan’s had his for 13 years, how long will you have yours for?
*Bokashi composting system in the store... there is not normally much food left over around here... but the Bokashi loves our coffee grinds and our banana skins. And then my garden loves the goodness from the shop compost later on!
We want our events to be as much for you guys as it is for us so there’s a few things that we’re doing with our events.
*We partner with local charities so that the proceeds of the event are going straight back into the community, I am super proud to say that the Further Faster community has raised thousands of dollars for local charity’s and groups that align with our values.
*Our ticketing platform is Humantix, a not-for-profit that uses the profit of booking fees to fund literacy programs for young girls and close the education gap. If you want to learn more click https://www.humanitix.com/nz/our-model for details.
*Some times at our events, and Badgers Bar, we like to have a wee tipple... The wine we choose is from 27seconds, a social enterprise that is helping end modern day slavery. If you want to learn more click https://www.27seconds.co.nz/our-story/ for details.
Introducing Terra Cycle
Recently, FurtherFaster has joined the TerraCycle programme to help with the recycling of traditionally “non-recyclable” items. This means, if you bring in your used toothbrushes, toothpaste containers and pens we will collect them and send them to TerraCycle for proper and responsible recycling. If you want to learn more click https://www.terracycle.com/en-NZ for details.
Note; we only accept dental products and pens, as we believe your teeth and education are both important. We dont accept things like coffee pods etc... as they are bad and we don't want to encourage you to use them to start with.
We’re a RefillNZ Station. This means that if you’re out and about and need more water we’ll fill up your drink bottle for you to help prevent all those single-use plastic bottles that get thrown away. If you want to learn more visit https://refillnz.org.nz/ for details.
Pebble for your pedal
If you’re feeling left out from our “Done your bit?” poster we’ve got just the thing for you! Next time you come into the store and you’ve biked/walked/bused let us know and we’ll give you a pebble to put in a jar, once the jar is full Further Faster will make a donation to an environmental charity that aligns with our values!
SmartAss Toilet Paper
We started this one a while back… and now most of the team have Smart Ass at home too. We can safely say it is kind on the environment and your bum.
Responsible Down Standard.
We choose to only stock items of clothing and equipment that uses responsibly sourced down, and have done so since day one. We also have a HUGE selection of Vegan clothing available as great options too.
Don’t sell people shit they don’t need.
Having too much stuff that you don’t need is bad for the environment. Full stop. So, it is our store motto, to not sell you shit you don’t need, and to only kit you out in gear that works.
As always in life, this is a work in progress! And all suggestions going forward are welcome. Thanks team!