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About 20,000 tonnes of waste – equivalent to the volume of waste that fills the space of Eden Park – is diverted away from landfills every year, thanks to Foodstuffs recycling projects. This week Foodstuffs announced it had extended its recycling bag scheme to Canterbury.

Bin liner, lunch holder, dog poo picker-uperer, water balloon replacement, washing bag. Just a few of the jobs that the polarising plastic shopping bag will happily undertake – after it’s carried your groceries home, of course.

Kiwi handbag and accessories label Saben is best-known for its consumer-facing designer collections, but it also creates custom goods for many of New Zealand’s largest corporate retailers. We went behind the scenes with founder Roanne Jacobson to find out more.

Resident cats and dogs of shops and cafés serve as great mascots for a business and are often major drawcards for getting people in the doors. The Register set out to meet some four-legged friends in retail and find out about the new rules that