At Nuzest, we are guided by the three P’s: People, Planet, and Products. We are continuously looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact. That’s why we choose considerate and sustainable practices to treat the planet how we treat ourselves.
It starts with the peas
Our products are made from the highest-quality European Golden Peas. The peas are grown in Northern France, an area known for its quality soils, clean environment, and sustainable practices. Then the peas are transported by waterways to Belgium (further reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact), where it is processed by a private family business, which is renowned for its low carbon footprint and 100% sustainable processing facility. To minimize the risk of cross-contamination with pollutants and to avoid the use of common herbicides, pesticides, and artificial fertilizers in France, strict rules and regulations are in place.
Fun fact: Peas are classified as a sustainable crop as they use less land and water than alternatives and add vital nutrients like nitrogen back into the soil.
Typical pea protein isolation processes involve high temperatures and chemicals that can destroy the nutrient profile of the peas and denature the protein. Our processing does not use any solvents, chemicals, or high temperatures in its isolation process. The nutrients are extracted from the peas in their state-of-the-art facilities via a gentle water-based extraction process.
After the isolation process is complete, the water used is purified and recycled, and all the remaining pea material is turned into biofuel and animal feed.
Our eco-friendly supply chain
Our commitment to the planet
We have a genuine concern for the envrionment, it is the reason our range will always be plant-based as it is the more sustainable option.
Peas are a sustainable crop by definition, they use less land and less water than the alternatives and add nutrients back to the soil!
To reduce our carbon footprint we transport the peas by barge from where they are grown in Northern France to Belgium for processing.
Our Pisane supplier uses no chemicals in their patented water-isolation process. They pruify and recycle the water used, and turn all remaining pea material into biofuel and animal feed.
We are reducing our carbon footprint even further by contract manufacturing in multiple locations around the world to reduce transport distances and support local suppliers.
The HDPE tubs we use are 100% recyclable and the most sustainable option that has the air and watertight integrity necessary for food protection and 24-month shelf stability for our consumer.
BPA-free packaging: BPA can have an impact on wildlife as inhaling air or digesting something that contains BPA causes animals to die off at larger rates and disrupt ecosystems.
Using HDPE canisters: HDPE plastic is the most environmentally-friendly plastic on the market as it’s easily recyclable and does not give off harmful fumes. Manufacturing HDPE plastics requires only a fraction of the energy used to produce other leading plastics.Read more here
We use the R3 compostable packaging for all our smaller orders. R3pack’s range of compostable bags are made with corn starch, PLA, and PBAT. They use non toxic inks to provide you with a natural alternative to traditional plastic based courier bags.Learn more here
We use Courier Post for our New Zealand wide shipping. They are on a sustainable journey of their own, with one of the largest Elective Vehicle (EV) fleets in the country, rapidly reducing energy usage in our buildings, and a focus on sustainable packaging. Currently they have 50% of their owned vehicles are EVs and they hope to make this 100% by 2025.Learn more here
We have joined up with CarbonClick who are a company fighting against climate change. They designed an app, that we use on our online store, that allows customers to donate $1 to offset their carbon emissions. They have a unique approach to carbon offsets which balances the desire to conserve and regenerate the local environment. Our offsets will automatically be sourced from a number of projects. After fees are deducted, the remaining amount is split 50/50. Where available, 50% will be allocated to local flagship forest regeneration or conservation projects, and 50% will go to high-impact international clean energy projects.LEARN MORE HERE
How to upcycle your tubs
There are so many cool ways you can upcycle your tubs, practical and fun for the whole family. Check out our blog on upcycling your Nuzest tubs.Upcycling your tubs
Why don't we use cardboard canisters?
The often-touted environmentally friendly choice of cardboard cannisters is misleading. Firstly, the use of cardboard itself places even more demand on logging trees (unless recycled cardboard is used). Secondly, but more importantly, the cannisters require a foil lining to achieve the air and water-tight integrity required for good food storage. Recycling facilities are scarce; cannisters generally go to landfill. And if facilities can be found, the way this material is recycled is for the cardboard to be burned (producing more CO2 emissions) only to recover the foil.
How do I recycle my tubs?
Our tubs are 100% recyclable, all you need to do is remove the label and pop it in the recycle bin.
Can I send my tub back to you for recycling?
We are currently working on a recycling project and will have updated information for you very soon.
Where is Clean Lean Protein manufactured?
The Clean Lean Protein you get in New Zealand is manufactured in Australia. Globally Clean Lean Protein is manufactured in three places, Australia, Europe and USA.
Where is Good Green Vitality and Kids Good Stuff manufactured?
These are manufactured in Nelson, New Zealand.
Our team's sustainability journey
Here at Nuzest NZ we have made it our mission to create a sustainable environment for the whole team. Here are some of the ways we are making that happen…
- Most of the team work from home, having a positive environmental impact by reducing the amount of cars on the road.
- When attending expo's use compostable corn tasting cups or paper tasting cups, get people to reuse these cups for multiple tastings, and use compostable rubbish bags.
- We reuse the cardboard boxes our products come in for wholesale and retail orders.
- We downsized our office, saving on power usage.