[2 November/New Zealand Herald]

Yealands Estate Wines enlisted the aid of our best student brains from the University of Auckland Business School’s ‘Solve It’ challenge to help with recycling their wine bottle labels. The students came up with a way to process the PET plastic backing from wine labels into a plastic-based synthetic diesel fuel. Yealands have long been known as leaders in sustainability. They boast an enormous list of environmentally-conscious accolades and have achieved rapid growth since operations began in 2008. It has long been the vision of Founder Peter Yealands that his winery becomes the most sustainable in the world. Yealands is almost self-sufficient utilising solar panel installations and three wind turbines to generate a third of the winery’s power needs. All their wines have a carbon zero footprint, becoming the first winery in the world to achieve so.