Green Giving Initiative


Green Giving

What we do

To make our business more sustainable and to offset all carbon emissions, we donate 1000 native trees every year in various parts of New Zealand. We started this practice 8 years ago, and have planted 8000 trees and counting. The programme has been gratefully embraced by our local community and iwi (local Maori tribe). We started our planting programme on the Karitane Peninsula, just north of Dunedin for the first six years, and for the last two years, we have also been planting on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

"Every year when we visit our family holiday home in Karitane we are able to see how much the plants we provided have grown over the years. Whole areas that were once barren ex-farmland are now thriving with native plants and the birdlife they attract. We are happy that our boys and their children will benefit from the hard work of those with the vision to restore this area to its former glory. We are grateful to have been able to play a part in this great work. Our green giving programme offsets the carbon from our business to make us carbon neutral. It is also important for Mark and I to be giving back to nature and to future generations." 
- Emma and Mark, Directors. Quit Smoking Direct. 

Green Giving 2019

This year we took the whole Quit Smoking Direct team on the ferry to the stunning Motutapu Island where we propagated plants and explored the island. It was great to get a hands-on experience of tree planting and hear about the benefits to the environment of programmes such as this one. Donated 1000 trees to help in the regeneration of this beautiful Island. Here are some pictures from the day.  

Motutapu Island

Motutapu Island 2

Green Giving 2018

While donating native trees every year to the Hauraki Gulf, this year we decided to look at the Motatupu Island, where the Motatupu Restoration Trust is doing their best to revive the island by planting trees with the help of volunteers from the past 25 years. We at Quit Smoking Direct wanted to add our contribution to this amazing project and donated 1000 trees to the trust. Their regeneration process is resulting in native species spreading across the Home Bay Forest with the help of birds.  

Green Giving 2017

Planting at the Hauraki Bay once again, we donated another 1000 trees this year. We were happy to receive some a review of our programme. 

Here is what the local Ngai Tahu Runaka or Tribal Council had to say about our planting programme:

As stewards of Huriawa Peninsula, Kati Huirapa Runaka warmly welcomes the contribution of Quit Smoking Direct to the biodiversity of this fragile environment. The planting of local indigenous plant species to Huriawa stabilizes erosion and helps to restore the natural habitat of a number of key bird and insect species that have declined through past farming practices. It also enhances the experience of the many visitors who come to this special place. Thanks, Mark and Emma.

- Brendan Flack. Environment Officer at Kati Huirapa, Ngai Tahu, Aotearoa, New Zealand

planting

We at Quit Smoking Direct are aware of the carbon footprint we have as a business and this is our way of setting the status to be carbon neutral.