Bond Store call on government to do more to reduce waste

by | Apr 6, 2023 | News

The only NZ distillery to operate a bottle recycling scheme is calling on local and 
central government to provide better support to small businesses innovating to reduce waste and emissions.
The Bond Store is an award-winning distillery in Kāpiti and says small businesses like theirs are driving much of
the innovation to address climate change with little to no additional support from councils or the government.
It operates a bottle recycling scheme, collecting its own used bottles from cafes, restaurants and bars, which are
then sanitised, refilled and returned to customers.

The bottles are used up to seven times before they’re eventually 
recycled. Since 2019 thousands of bottles have gone through their scheme, resulting in significant savings and
reduction in waste – for both the business and its customers.

Bond Store Co-Founder Chris Barber says most of the innovation occurring in sustainability is being driven from
 the ground up – by business owners.
“While we don’t support the now deferred container recycling scheme, it sent an important signal to consumers 
and showed commitment to reduce waste. As a small business, we’re getting on and doing it ourselves. We’ve 
designed and run a smart solution that saves money and reduces waste.”

Bond Store founder Bec Kay

The Bond Store is also calling on the government to address how it indexes excise tax, adjusted annually for
inflation. From 1 July 2023, it’s projected to increase by a minimum of 7 per cent, in line with inflation.
“Currently, distillers pay $60.55 per litre of alcohol, and the projected increase will place additional pressure on
small businesses like ours, which are also dealing with supply issues and increasing costs. Barber says that
recognising initiatives like our bottle swap scheme and providing rebates for projects like this would provide
immediate, much-needed relief.

“Many passionate small businesses are working hard to create jobs while tackling critical issues like sustainability.
Coordinated and cohesive support for these businesses – from both levels of government – will enable them to
build on the significant impact they’re already having in communities all over the country and their contribution to
reducing New Zealand’s emissions and waste,” he says.

About the Bond Store:

The Bond Store was established in 2017 by Chris Barber and Bec Kay, who make award-winning spirits on the
Kāpiti Coast at their family distillery. In just over five years, they’ve become one of NZ’s top independent
distilleries, making Koakoa Limoncello, Bond Store Gin and Vodka and their Cocktail Collusion range – bespoke,
readymade cocktails in a can. Focused on sustainable practices in their craft, they use lemons from Gisborne to
make their award-winning Limoncello and Kawakawa from the Wairarapa to create their award-winning gin. The
range is available at selected bottle stores and online at

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