It’s no secret that making our day to day lives more sustainable is the big challenge us humans all face. It’s why Otis exists in the first place—it's our way of rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck in. And a nutritious alternative to dairy, that’s grown and produced in a way that looks after the land and the people living on it, is what we’ve come up with. Pretty straightforward stuff.
Right now, our little corner of the world needs all the help it can get. The April 2019 report, Environment Aotearoa, made some big, scary statements about the state of our country – like how 60% of our rare ecosystems are in danger of collapse. There are loads of reasons why it’s got so bad, and we’re not here to point fingers, but being a little too good at producing dairy milk is one of them. There’s plenty more we can all do to help get our country and our planet back on track, but choosing a plant-based milk for your coffee is a pretty good (and delicious) place to start.
Being certified Climate Positive by Ekos in offsetting 120% of our business operations means contributing to something deeper than throwing a feelgood line in our marketing. By partnering with Ekos, Otis is directly supporting the Rarakau Rainforest conservation project.
The project protects 738ha of Māori owned tall indigenous rainforest, in western Southland, Aotearoa. This wet rainforest is adjacent to Fiordland National Park on the very southern coastline of the South Island, and located at the start of the Hump Ridge Track. The forest has a tawhai (silver beech) canopy, intermixed with miro and tōtara. Parts of the forest had been logged in the past, and some of the flat terrace land was cleared for farming. The forest is now protected by a conservation covenant. It is supplying Aotearoa-New Zealand's first (and so far only) carbon offsets from tall indigenous rainforest.