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Giving back is in our DNA

Supporting The Shed Project

The majority of our wooden gift boxes are made by The Shed Project — a community space in Paraparaumu on the Kāpiti Coast, providing opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since starting the business in 2018, The Shed Project have manufactured several thousand wooden boxes to use for your gifts, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their help.

Working with The Shed Project contributes to keeping their organisation strong and provides training and employment opportunities for local disabled and disadvantaged people.

Donating 1% to charities

We set aside 1% from every sale and donate to New Zealand charities via One Percent Collective.

Among others, your purchase will go to support the following organisations that align with our values (as of February 2021):

  • Kaibosh (Wellington) — collects quality surplus food and provides it to community groups that support people in need.
  • Fair Food (Auckland) — working to deliver its vision of “Addressing Hunger and Tackling Food Waste.”
  • Ngā Rangatahi Toa (Auckland) — empowers kids excluded from mainstream school to re-engage with education and build a brighter future for themselves and their whanau.
  • DCM (Wellington) — works with people in the Capital who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness to find a place to live.
  • Bellyful (NZ wide) — provides free meals for families with newborn babies, and families with young children who are struggling with illness.
  • Garden To Table (NZ wide) — educates children on how to grow and cook fresh food while developing their environmental awareness.
  • Mixit (Auckland) — uses creativity to support young people from former refugee backgrounds to successfully integrate into our communities.
  • Sustainable Coastlines (NZ wide) — coordinates coastal clean-up and waterway restoration events, education programmes and public awareness campaigns.
  • Upside Downs (NZ wide) — helps kids with Down syndrome learn to talk, read and write by funding speech language therapy.

For every review (good or bad), we also donate an additional $1 to these organisations. If you have ordered from us before, we encourage you to leave a review on Google or Facebook.

Growing New Zealand’s regional economies

By buying from We Love Local you directly help the people in our communities.

Every purchase supports the dozens of passionate and experienced artisan producers we work with and their staff. With your help, we’re on track to return half a million dollars to local businesses by the end of 2021.

We are proud to support not just the Kāpiti producers who we started our journey with and the 60+ small companies throughout Wellington and Auckland. Backing your backyard when buying your gift has never been easier!

Caring about the environment

Initially, We Love Local launched as a gift shop for products made in Kāpiti delivered with our electric car. Getting an electric vehicle was one of the driving factors for starting the business.

Our Nissan Leaf EV

Due to We Love Local going national it’s no longer feasible for us to deliver your gifts ourselves (although we still do occasionally throughout the Wellington Region).

We always strive to further reduce our impact on the environment:

  • By only stocking NZ-made products we keep the distance goods travel from suppliers to us and you at a minimum resulting in a reduced carbon footprint of your gift-giving.
  • You can further reduce the carbon footprint by choosing to offset the emissions during checkout with New Zealand’s leading carbon offset provider CarbonClick.
  • Using 100% renewable energy both at our commercial storage space and home office.
  • We exclusively pack all gifts in a reusable wooden box filled with wood wool. No cellophane or other plastics used.

Like all companies on their sustainability journey, we’re still working towards our sustainability goals, but we are constantly improving our environmental sustainability and reducing our footprint.

Paying Living Wage

The Living Wage emerged as a response to growing poverty and inequality that continues to hold back so many Kiwi workers, their families and our economy. The Living Wage concept is very simple, yet such a powerful alternative – it’s the hourly wage a worker needs to pay for the necessities of life and participate as an active citizen in the community.

Source: https://www.livingwage.org.nz/about

While we’re not an officially accredited living wage employer just yet (it’s on our to-do list), we have started paying all casual employees who help pack your gifts the New Zealand Living Wage. As a small business just starting and juggling rapid growth, it’s a big commitment but the right thing to do.


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