Paper & Trees
The Paper People are big fans of Million Metres who connect community planting projects with Kiwis, like you, who care about the future of our waterways. Their goal is to raise funds to plant one million metres of waterway with native plants and trees and our goal is to help them achieve that through making donations from every card that you buy. On this page we will follow a current project that Million Metres is working on and which you, dear customers of The Paper People, are supporting. That way you can really see how you are making a difference.
The tree planting project that The Paper People are currently supporting is restoring Cardrona Kaitiaki. Million Metres goal is to plant 24,000 native trees and plants along waterways in the Upper Clutha catchment by 2022. Planting native trees and plants helps stabilise the banks of waterways to reduce pollution and sediment. The trees shade the water, lowering water temperatures. They provide habitat and sustenance for native birds and fish.
The beautiful scenic drive to or from Wanaka along the Cardrona Valley leads over the Crown Range which, at 1,121 metres, is the highest main road in New Zealand.
The Cardrona Valley offers skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing in winter and mountain biking, horse trekking and hiking in summer. Every New Year the Cardrona Valley hosts the Rhythm & Alps music festival which sees thousands of people camping out to enjoy the two-day event.
We all love the Cardrona Valley and the Wanaka Water Project is now focussing on this rapidly growing sub-region. The Valley has a multitude of issues which affect water quality:
Rural pressures include livestock accessing waterways and water taken for irrigation. The increasing tourism popularity of the Cardrona Valley increases dust (eg from ski field access roads and from the variety of operators in the valley). There are more contaminants entering waterways as a result of the run-off from roads generated by rainfall or melting snow along with increased amounts of litter and waste generated by visitors.And finally there are urban development pressures. The Cardrona Valley is currently one of the fastest growing areas in the Upper Clutha Catchment. Infrastructure lags development, putting strain on wastewater systems. Local waterways are sensitive to sediment, pathogens and bacteria contained in run-off from impermeable surfaces (roads, driveways and housing), land use change and construction activities.
The farming community in the Cardrona are working with ORC to ensure that the quantity of water in the Cardrona River continues to provide healthy habitats and eco-systems. The Wanaka Water Project will build on this work by helping willing land owners to plant along the Cardrona River, local streams and wetlands.
Some planting has already occurred at Cameron Creek, thanks to Sustainable Coastlines and the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust. A number of on-farm sites have already qualified through our vetting process. The re-establishment of wetlands will help water retention and help maintain water flows in a very dry catchment.
Million Metres is an online fundraising platform for restoring the banks of New Zealand waterways. Planting helps stabilise the banks of waterways, reduces erosion, filters pollutants and restores native habitat for wildlife. This initiative is led by the Sustainable Business Network in partnership with the Department of Conservation. You can support a planting project directly at millionmetres.org.nz.
WHY PLANT STREAMS?
- 62% OF THE LENGTH OF ALL NZ RIVERS FAILS TO MEET SAFE SWIMMING STANDARDS
- 74% OF OUR NATIVE FRESHWATER FISH SPECIES ARE THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION (UP 44% SINCE 1990)
- 75% OF NEW ZEALAND’S NATIVE FORESTS HAVE BEEN CUT DOWN
- 90% OF NEW ZEALAND’S HISTORIC WETLANDS HAVE BEEN DUMPED IN, DRAINED AND FILLED TO MAKE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURE. WETLANDS ARE THE KIDNEY OF OUR WATER SYSTEM – FILTERING OUT POLLUTANTS, ACT AS NURSERIES FOR WILDLIFE ETC.
There aren’t many industries around that can aspire to becoming genuinely sustainable. The paper industry, however, is one of them; it is inherently sustainable.
Jonathan Porritt, Chairman UK Sustainability Development Commission & Founder Forum for the Future
PAPER PRODUCTION CAN BE SUSTAINABLE. YOU MAY THINK ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO CARE ABOUT TREES AND SELL STATIONERY AT THE SAME TIME BUT WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE WORLD OF CARDS IN AOTEAROA BY GETTING THEM MADE LOCALLY FROM SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES AND MAKING THEM RECYCLABLE. WE ARE SUPER AWARE OF OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND HAVE BEEN FROM DAY ONE.
In fact it was the idea that cards were being shipped from two people studios over in London all the way to New Zealand that made us think why can’t we do this? Why can’t cards be designed and sold in New Zealand? Using responsibly sourced paper that is recyclable with packaging that is recyclable too. We keep our stock at minimal levels to avoid wastage and get our cards printed in small runs. We use printers in Auckland and Dunedin to keep our footprint as small as possible. Both printers use an incredible new printing machine that is amazingly environmentally friendly called an HP Indigo Press which is zero carbon and uses compostable ink. Our printer in Auckland is Chain of Custody certified meaning they can guarantee that when we use their responsibly certified paper stocks, the paper can be verified right back to the forest the wood came from. Our paper and card is always sourced from FSC-certified forests and is created using Elemental Chlorine Free methods. This means we only ever work with paper suppliers who deal with forests that comply with the highest social and environmental standards. In short we are doing everything we can to make sending a card as eco-friendly as possible.