Another local business that took part was clothing brand, Twenty-Seven Names. One of the founders, Anjali Burnett, grew up in Wellington and was a fan of thrifting since she was in college. Her and her friend Rachel would walk all the way from Wellington Girls to Hunters and Collectors after school, and always dreamed of working in fashion.
Both Anjali and Rachel studied for a few years before they started their clothing business on their living room floor. Twenty-Seven Names now has a store in Ghuznee Street and two stores in Auckland, as well as a wholesale business.
Anjali says she is a proud Wellingtonian, and her favourite part of the course was connecting with other businesses and building a community.
“It was like the coolest opportunity to sit down with a group of peers that you weren't in direct competition with because everyone's doing their own thing and they tell their own story. Sharing information and talking with others about how to make good choices was so cool for us.
“We looked at our whole business model and how we do things, and it helped us realign our values. We are more carbon-minded and are thinking through all our choices with the environment and people in mind.”
Anjali wants to encourage other small businesses to take part.
“Although the time commitment can feel daunting, it’s a great time to step back from your business. You can bring yourself into a community of people who are all in the same boat and refresh your purpose and look at your future in a different way. It’s so worth it!”
Find out more about Te Atakura – First to Zero climate action plan on our website.