Take a step to reduce your carbon footprint
Each year, New Zealand discards 15.5 million tonnes of waste each year. That is 3,200kg for every kiwi! Right now we only recycle 28% of this waste.
So thanks to our consumerist habits we are generating more waste than we can get rid of in an environmentally correct way. That is why Bata New Zealand has made a conscious effort to reduce waste generation through recycling and reusing PVC content in our gumboot production process. So by using recycled content not only do we reduce the amount of waste reaching landfill but we are also helping to reduce our carbon footprint as well.
What is the PVC recycle program?
The PVC Recycle program is an initiative of the Bata Shoe Company of New Zealand to help reduce worn PVC gumboots being disposed of into landfill. Bata’s aim is to re-process this waste into raw materials to create brand-new Bata PVC gumboots and help save the planet. Our main objective is to have zero used/worn PVC gumboots being disposed into landfill and to help our customers responsibly dispose of their used boots we are working to set up easy-to-use recycle disposal bins nationwide in collaboration with our current distributors.
At Bata, we see the value in offering competitive production whilst still taking into consideration the materials we use.
That’s why we’ve opted for a circular economy. A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
Why should you recycle your PVC gumboots?
With the PVC Gumboot Recycling program, individuals and companies can also contribute to the health of our environment. Recycling PVC is quite easy, with a number of businesses across New Zealand and New Zealand already participating. Recycling PVC can also be cheaper than disposing directly to regular waste. Recycling PVC instead of putting it into waste bins can lead to positive environmental outcomes and may reduce the costs of waste management.