Together we raised $1804 to


Update: This Promotion has now closed.

Thanks to our customers booking in jobs we are delighted to have raised $1804 to support the Environment Centre move into their new premises!!

Below you can check out the original article and how this came about. Thanks everyone!

Some of the Douglas team with HB Environment Centre CEO Emma Horgan-Heke

Alexi, Adam and Stephen of the Douglas team, showing their support with HB Environment Centre CEO Emma Horgan-Heke (centre right).

The HB Environment Centre is important but it’s facing an urgent race to find $150k to secure a new premises and stay open. 

The Douglas team heard about the centre’s plight and have since rallied into action. As at Monday the centre’s Givealittle page had raised $4850 towards the goal, plus an additional $9,100 in the bank from an email campaign. That’s $136,050 still to go!

So, we’ve come up with a promo:

Book in any project with us between 12 July – 15 August and we’ll donate 5% to the Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre to help with their new premises.

This applies to any private work we receive in this time (not trade custom sorry).

So if you were waiting for a reason to push play on your outdoor living or auto / marine upholstery project, contact us now and do some good at the same time!


Douglas are supporting the HB Environment Centre and invite you to do the same

At Douglas, we believe that business must play a role in supporting a sustainable Hawke’s Bay.

Our owner Pete Swinburn says, “the days of selling stuff and letting the end result become the consumer’s problem are quickly disappearing. While none of us are perfect, ourselves included, if businesses are in a position to do something then we really must.”

The tight timeframe comes as the Environment Centre has only weeks left until they need to move, and a new premises secured in order to stay open.

HB Environment Centre CEO Emma Horgan-Heke explains that securing the new premises will help to set a series of important initiatives in motion. “This organisation has cemented itself as a flag-bearer for recycling and the circular economy in Hawke’s Bay. We provide a number of services including hard to recycle items, eWaste and training the business community on taking circular action in real life.”

“Climate change awareness is driving a huge increase in demand for our service, with 200 – 400 people through our doors daily from across Hawke’s Bay, learning to recycle and wanting to know more about other things they can do to reduce their impact.”

“This year we diverted 100+ tons of electronic waste, plastics & other specialist recycling, provided advice to thousands of people though our centre and outreach, and diverted 95% of event waste” shares Horgan-Heke.

“We are now ready to do more, under a bigger roof. The Environment Centre has a pretty exciting Strategic Plan which we hope will enable greater developments for Hawke’s Bay in key areas like climate adaptation and food resilience. But we can’t do it on our own.”

Horgan-Heke is working on a scaled, paid membership model that she hopes to launch with the business community in the coming months. “We recognise there are many out there who want to be on the right side of history, but just don’t know where to start. We would love it if more people in the business community would walk beside us on the journey.”

“We don’t charge our community for most services, including specialist recycling as we want it to remain accessible all. Unfortunately our funding doesn’t cover our specialist recycling services or match growing demand yet. We have irons in the fire to bring in more funding, but we need short term help to keep the doors open and get us up and running in a new premises.”


At Douglas, we are calling on others in the business community to join us, to help scale up the support.

Alone, raising this sum would be hard, but together we could easily hit this goal.

We will be providing a show of our support on our facebook and instagram, including by sharing the HB Environment Centre’s “5% for the Future” social media tile and a link to the Give a Little page, and invite you to do the same.

5% for the Future - HB Environment Centre supported by Douglas

Or, you may even like to one-up us, which is fine by us!

Anything you can give will help add to the donation pool.

Whether you are a concerned individual or businesses, you can make donations via the Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre’s Give a Little page here.


Scroll through these ideas to inspire your winter projects…

If the above inspires you or you have other ideas you would like to run past our team, do get in touch.

Remember to book before 15th August to be part of the donation.

It would be our ideal to both keep our amazing team busy this winter and hand our local environmental heroes a well-earned cheque.

Thank you so much,

Pete, Suzanne & the team at Douglas

Promo T’s & C’s: Job must be booked between 12 July – 15 August 2022. Offer open to residential customers only (not available to business or trade customers). Charity payment will be made to the Environment Centre Hawke’s Bay. Douglas will make a payment of 5% of the quoted retail price, exclusive of GST, subject to receipt of payment from our Customer for applicable job goods and services. Douglas reserves the right to alter the donation amount or payment mechanism at any time. Customers will not be eligible for a receipt of donation for tax purposes.