I believe how we do business contributes a lot to how our world is. As a business owner I believe in fairness in how we operate our business. We charge a fair rate to our clients and we pay our staff a fair rate too. We also apply the same principle of fairness to our supply chain.
I also like a good cup of coffee. How are the two related I hear you ask? One of the simple things we do is to ensure the tea and coffee we purchase for our staff is fair trade certified. By doing so we know that from the farmer in a developing country right through to the person serving us our cuppa they are treated fairly.
In Aotearoa we have minimum standards of pay, so I find it ironic then that we often buy products thoughtlessly that continue the poverty cycle in countries where no such standards exist. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our luxuries don’t have to be someone else’s disaster. I believe it’s time we look beyond our own borders and drink fair.
So how can we make a difference? We have an opportunity to change the world one cup at a time. Maybe it’s time you consider starting the habit of only purchasing tea and coffee with the fair trade logo on it? By taking your business to the companies that are treating people right you will be making a real difference. You truly will be having a good cup of coffee. To find out more about fair trade visit www.fairtrade.org.nz
Chris Lange. Window on Swanson Rd Aug/Sept 2019 Issue
The Local Business Network
Great to see the work Chris Lange and his wife Kathy are doing with 1st Class Gardens to help keep New Zealand beautiful.
I didn’t realise that 1st Class Gardens, based in Massey, is New Zealand´s only ultra-low emission lawn care service, using battery-powered tools and an electric van and bicycle for most of their client visits! At the Local Business Network this is definitely something we support.
This family-owned and family-run business has been providing quality and reliable garden and lawn care services since 2009, when they started with just one lawnmower and a few hand tools.
Now they have a loyal customer base and are continually innovating to ensure their business continues to provide top-notch service as well as being environmentally-friendly.
Chris loves being outdoors and working with nature and is passionate about seeing spaces transformed and renewed with a bit of love and care. “I love it when a client sees our work and says ´wow´.”
1st Class Gardens have also been getting involved in their community by providing gardening help to their local Massey Community Church and they hope to find sustainable ways to support other local causes.
It is great to see local businesses that genuinely care about their clients, their staff, and their local and wider community.
Louise Francis. The Local Business Network Glen Eden 19 Nov 2018
Corrie Cook. Window On Swanson Rd Oct-Nov 2018 Issue
Keeping Grass Green
Keeping grass green requires regular lawn mowing. For those that do it themselves or for the average lawn mowing contractor the norm is to do this using petrol powered machines. Collectively this amounts to a lot of emissions. At 1st Class Gardens we believe we can do better. In recent years we have successfully transitioned our service from a high emission service to having ultra low emissions. We did this by moving almost all of our tools to battery powered and recently adding an EV into our fleet of vehicles. So if you would like to truly keep your grass green then please get in touch with us for your free quote.
Chris Lange. The Westerly October 2018 Issue
We’re Going Organic!
As part of our commitment to be more environmentally responsible we will be phasing out the use of the chemical weed killer glyphosate which has known negative effects to human health and the environment. This has been a dream we never thought would become possible. Finding an alternative to the use of commonly used chemical weedsprays has been no easy task. In the past organic weedkillers have been over priced and ineffective.
However things have changed. During trails this year we have found a weedkiller that is certified organic, reasonably priced and with on par effectiveness compared to glyphosate. The phasing out of glyphosate is while stocks last. We expect it to be complete by the end of 2016. Can’t wait to go organic? No problem, just let us know and we’ll switch over for you without delay. Here’s to a cleaner greener future!
Chris Lange. 12 August 2016