APT is a leading New Zealand distributor of some of the best decorative and performance surface brands for the building industry, including Corian and FENIX. They are a values-based business and they pride themselves on working with those who share their vision and understand the concept of partnership.
As part of this, they are passionate about the need to protect and preserve New Zealand’s native bush and natural environment. The problem is, New Zealand’s natural environment is under attack. From all angles. From pests. From introduced species. But, most of all, from people. Including us, in the building industry. As we all know, the building industry is a large contributor to emissions and user of natural resources.
APT has noticed that many of their product manufacturers around the world are working on environmental initiatives of their own. As a distributor, they don’t want to simply reference the efforts of their manufacturers, using their achievements to tick APT's boxes. They want to be proactive and take meaningful action themselves, in this part of the world. And that’s why APT are proud to announce their partnership with the Native Forest Restoration Trust (NFRT).
The NFRT is a New Zealand not-for-profit organisation dedicated to protecting New Zealand’s native forests and wetlands, for now and for generations to come. The organisation has over 7,000 hectares of replanting projects or reserves under its management, from North Cape to Bluff. Essentially, the NFRT buys entire tracts of land throughout New Zealand, fences them, removes pests and invasive species, and then begins planting and regeneration. Once the forests are ready, they are placed under the QEII Trust for ongoing protection. This ensures the land can never be harvested, cleared or developed.
As one of APT’s actions to protect the New Zealand environment, they will be planting — and protecting — one native tree through the NFRT for every Corian Solid Surface sheet, sink and basin, and every FENIX sheet, panel and sink sold from 1 November 2021. In addition to this, APT will also be planting and protecting a native tree for every product delivery.
For APT, it’s about walking the talk and staying true to their values. Being authentic in their efforts and encouraging others to do the same.
Please contact APT if you would like further information on what they are doing and how you can get involved.