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Gifts
The Best NZ Christmas Gift Ideas So You Can Smash Out Your List For 2022

It's the silly season and since no one wants to spend the limited time we have left trawling for the perfect gifts, we've done…

Sustainability
Here’s Where To Buy A Real Christmas Tree In Auckland In 2022

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time the familiar scent of pine filled your home once more—because we all…

Fashion
The Best Dress Hire Shops In New Zealand To Get You Through Event Season

Dress hire has become a staple in the world of event season wardrobes and we’re here for it—sustainable fashion, the latest…

Sustainability
Epic NZ Made, Eco Friendly And Sustainable Products So You Can Keep Our Planet In Mind

Shopping sustainably is becoming easier and easier, with more local NZ brands being launched all the time specifically developed to be way…

Gifts
15 Wholesome Ways To Give Back This Christmas 2022

It's no secret we love Christmas and all the glitz and glam that comes with it, from beautifully wrapped gifts beneath pretty trees to…

Getting The Gig
How Ethique’s Founder Brianne West Is Revolutionising The Beauty Industry

Not many people can say they started a beauty brand in their own kitchen, but Brianne West did just that when launching Ethique.…

Sustainability
15 Books That Will Change The Way You Think In 2023

This year, you’ll want to fuel your soul with a number of juicy reads guaranteed to challenge the way you think. Through a broad…

Food & Drink
How The Duo Behind Jo Bro’s Burgers Is Slinging Fast Food Sustainably

If, like this writer, you've tucked into enough burgs to scale Auckland City—the local legends at Jo Bro's Burgers need no…

Planet
16 Of The Best Vegan Documentaries You Need To Watch This Year

We’ve put together a list of the best vegan documentaries that will have even the most committed carnivore a little shook. Take the…

Fashion
Step Up Your Sustainable Style With These 8 Wardrobe Investments

In recent times there’s been a welcome shift in tides to bring style and sustainability together thanks to some clever brands…

Fashion
16 Of The Best Activewear Brands In NZ To Shop In 2022

Activewear is the holy grail of the wardrobe. The perfect blend of style and function, slide into a crop and a pair of leggings and…

Sustainability
Level Up Your Kōrero, Here’s How To Get Behind Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week—a whole week dedicated to celebrating te reo by incorporating more into our everyday lives. Although these…

Sustainability
Clean Beauty Guru Emma Lewisham Has Just Dropped A Radiant New Product That Works While You Sleep

Multi-award-winning NZ clean skincare brand Emma Lewisham has just dropped a next-level Sleeping Mask which is basically beauty…

Travel
Get Ready To Go Off Grid, Unyoked’s Coveted Nature Escapes Are Coming To NZ

If suffocating under a pile of to-do lists sums up your day-to-day vibe, you’re probably in need of some serious rest and relaxation.…

Health & Beauty
Say Goodbye To Plastic Bottles With These New Shampoo Bars That Actually Work

There’s nothing more frustrating than taking positive steps to cut down on haircare packaging, only to cut down on your haircare…

Podcasts & Books
17 Feminist Books You Need To Read This Year

Whether you’re a baby feminist or a seasoned equality fighter, this list covers the freshest feminist reads from Australian and…

Planet
Everything You Need To Know About Palm Oil

No matter where you are on your journey to living more sustainably, talking about that old “P-word” is always a good idea. Minds…

Fashion
The Best Knitwear In NZ For Staying Cosy This Winter

Game Of Thrones might be done and dusted but winter is coming (again) so it’s time to level up your wardrobe. Stakes couldn’t be…

Planet
Your Guide To The Best Bamboo Underwear

No doubt you’ve heard a thing or two about “bamboo underwear”, especially relating to how it’s the more eco-friendly…

Travel
Help Clean Up Our Oceans By Participating In This Sustainable Running Event

adidas is inviting runners of all levels to crush the kilometres to help end plastic waste in our oceans.  Going down on the first…

Planet
How To Get Around World Environment Day This Year

Every year, World Environment Days rolls around on June 5. To date, it's the biggest international day for the environment and it's…

Things To Do
Crush The Kilometres And Help Make A Difference This World Ocean Day

You’ve got Azalea Banks’ 212 blasting through your headphones, you’ve just clocked your fastest km to date, and…

Gifts
Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas So You Can Treat Mum In 2022

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (8th of May if you’re wondering) and while not all of us have a mother we almost…

Getting The Gig
3 Boss Creators On How To Fuel Your Inspiration

Aotearoa is home to incredible talent. Music, art, design, hospitality—it's fair to say we have creative inspo in…

Pacific
14 Of The Best Resorts In Fiji For Your Next Holiday In 2022

After two-plus years of pandemonium, grounded within our national borders, a short flight to a tropical paradise is sure to hit…

Sustainability
Here’s What The Circular Economy Is All About, According To 5 Sustainability Experts

If you’re someone who has a reusable coffee cup (and remembers to use it), has a compost at home and regularly engages in meat-free…

Sustainability
10 Of The Best Dog Adoption Centres In Auckland

You'd have to have been living under a rock not to notice the massive spike in dog ownership due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, the…

Planet
16 Awesome Things To Do During Earth Hour 2022

Each year, countries all around the world unite together for Earth Hour, one of the largest global movements where millions of people pledge…

Sustainability
The Sustainability News You Need To Know About Cult Kiwi Skincare Brand Emma Lewisham

While the rest of us are settling into the new norm of an already strange 2022, luxe skincare brand Emma Lewisham has been busy…

Career
Here’s How 9 Inspirational Women Are Breaking The Bias, Part 2

Welcome to part two of our inspirational interview series all about breaking the bias, the theme for International Women's Day 2022. To…

Career
Here’s How 9 Inspirational Women Are Breaking The Bias, Part 1

Today is International Women’s Day, an important day for all those who identify as women and allies. To celebrate, we reached out to…

Fashion
The Best Summer Dresses In NZ To Add To Cart Before The Season Ends

After two-ish years of sweatpants (mostly) all day every day, the ‘home couture’ game is strong but sweats and sand don’t…

Homewares & Interiors
The Best Bed Linen In NZ To Keep You Cool In Summer And All Year Round In 2022

We all know how important good sleep is, just like we know how important quality bed linen is for obtaining that sleep nirvana.…

Podcasts & Books
14 Of The Best LGBTQI+ Podcasts To Listen To Right Now

Bless your ears with these incredible LGBTQI+ podcasts that will make you laugh and cry with their raw, honest and hilarious storytelling.…

Sustainability
20 Of The Coolest Swimwear Labels In NZ To Wear This Summer

Summer is finally here and we couldn’t be more ready to frolic in the waves and relax on the beach. As ocean-lovers, the future of…

Sustainability
Live The Good Life With Our Sustainable Summer Hosting Guide

If there’s one thing we love about summer, it’s the stacked social cal. And after this year, throwing on your party threads…

Local Escapes
The Best Lavender Farms In New Zealand Where You Can Feed Your Soul

With its bright purple colour and distinctive floral aroma, lavender is a favourite flower for many. And while it may be known to repel…

Local Escapes
Rotoroa Island | 12 Magical Things To Do At The Hauraki Gulf’s Newest Wildlife Sanctuary

If you haven’t heard of Rotoroa Island, you better catch up, stat, because you’re definitely missing out. The newest wildlife…

Sustainability
12 Of The Best Op Shops In Auckland Where You Can Find Second-Hand Gold

If Macklemore taught us anything during his brief but incontestable reign over the radio, it’s that thrift shopping—correction,…

Travel Tips
11 Zero Waste Travel Hacks You Need To Know About

The term zero waste has been on the upward trend for a while now, but it’s one that we hope will stick around for the long haul. When…

Restaurants
10 Of The Best Vegan Restaurants In Auckland As Chosen By You

Good for you and for the planet, plant-based cuisine is more accessible and delicious than ever before. What was once a desperate struggle…

Homewares & Interiors
Snag One Of These Dreamy Wool Pearl Pillows For A Comfy And Sustainable Snooze

We all know the struggle of trying to find the right pillow. It’s a process of trial and error—too flat, too firm, too squishy.…

Sustainability
Where To Buy The Best Reusable Face Masks In Auckland And NZ In 2021

Face masks are now essential wear for all New Zealanders. You should wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible at…

Sustainability
Beyond Soap Is The Kiwi Company That’s On A Mission To Change The Way We Use Soap

Have you ever considered that the pump on many liquid soap bottles always dispense more than you need on purpose? Admittedly we…

Sustainability
12 Of The Best Op Shops In Auckland Where You Can Find Second-Hand Gold

If Macklemore taught us anything during his brief but incontestable reign over the radio, it’s that thrift shopping—correction,…

Sustainability
8 Zero Waste Products That Need To Be On Your Radar

With Plastic Free July coming to an end and Conservation Week on the horizon, being mindful of our consuming habits should be our way…

Sustainability
How Kester Black’s Anna Ross Created A Sustainable Beauty Empire

When it comes to the beauty industry, sustainable and eco-conscious aren’t often the first words that come to mind, which is why…

Homewares & Interiors
The Lushest Places To Nab Indoor Plants In Auckland

Fun fact: Having pot plants around your home can benefit your breathing, increase your immunity, deter illness, and boost your overall…

Sustainability
Make A Difference And Support These 6 Businesses Doing Better By Our Planet

The winners of The Circle Awards AUS & NZ 2021 have officially been announced, and our carts (and hearts) are full of sustainable swaps…

Sustainability
Yours Truly Is The New Pre-Loved Bridal Gown Store That Has Sustainability At Its Heart

Washing your hair with solid shampoo and taking your keep cup everywhere is a solid way to make sustainable changes, but it’s super…

Podcasts & Books
10 Of The Best LGBTQI+ Books To Celebrate Pride All Year Round

LGBTQI+ voices may traditionally be marginalised in literature, however, this is slowly but surely changing as the queer community’s…

Getting The Gig
Everybody Eats Founder Nick Loosley On His Mission To End Food Poverty In NZ

Nobody wants to waste food, but it inevitably ends up happening all across New Zealand. At the same time, food insecurity is a major concern…

Homewares & Interiors
An Amazingly Lofty Plant Paradise Has Just Opened In St Heliers Village

It'd be fair to say that we're a little bit obsessed with plants here at Urban List – and if you're anything like us, your…

Sustainability
7 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint And Help Slow Climate Change

We all know that the earth is heating up and that’s causing our climate to change, which is having a direct and negative impact on our…

Sustainability
Show Your Fave Zero-Waste Brand Some Love By Voting In The Circle Awards Now

Here at Urban List, we're passionate about putting our best foot forward, dedicated to being as conscious as possible when it comes to…

Sustainability
Kōkako Is The Next-Level Kiwi Fairtrade Roast You Need To Know About

Little else compares to the feeling of drinking a coffee when you so desperately need one. As you’re sipping on your daily fuel, it…

Hair & Beauty
Kiss Plastic Packaging Goodbye With This New Eco-Friendly Lip Balm

I don’t know about you, but I lose approximately 17 tubes of lip balm every year. It doesn’t matter whether they’re in my…

Wellness
Auckland’s Best Health Food Stores To Help You Live Your Best Life

Three-thirty-itis got you feeling like you need a little somethin’ somethin’? Spending up large at the vending machine? Instead…

People
Meet EveryHuman, The Adaptive Clothing Store Making Fashion More Inclusive

If you’re not in the know about adaptive fashion, it's time to meet EveryHuman. Adaptive fashion is clothing specifically designed…

Getting The Gig
How These Entrepreneurs Reimagined The Use Of Essential Oils Through Their Ground-breaking Candles

Becca Project is the brain child of two busy, eco-conscious, ethically-minded mums from Auckland’s North Shore. Having bonded over…

Sustainability
This Striking New Jewellery Collab Celebrates The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Community

If you haven’t heard of Chella Man, you’re about to be enlightened in a big way.  The trans model, activist, actor and…

Sustainability
Recycle Boutique Has Gone Online So You Can Now Scout That Coveted Piece From Home

Time to let op-shop fever set in. Whether you could easily lose a day browsing pre-loved goodies, or you’ve come across some of the…

What's On
This Stacked Month-Long Eco Festival Shows Exactly Why West Is Best

Green does not mean boring, folks. And, proving they know what’s what when it comes to all things good, EcoFest West is returning to…

Sustainability
9 Of The Best Sustainable Hair Salons In Auckland To Help You Make Greener Choices

Looking good is all about feeling good, don’t you think? Stepping out of a salon with freshly coiffed tresses is easily one of the…

Local Escapes
Buckle Up In This Eco Friendly EV And Get Off-Road To Explore Glenorchy

If you’re planning a Queenstown getaway, make it a memorable one by heading out to Glenorchy and exploring the impressive scenery in…

Getting The Gig
How These Kiwi Sisters Went From Culinary School To Building A Plant-Based Empire

You’ve probably heard that the gut is the second brain, or that you are what you eat. If you’re wondering how to approach…

Sustainability
Worship The Planet And Your Belly With 6 Of The Most Sustainable Eateries in Auckland

New Zealanders are becoming more connected to their choices than ever, making conscious decisions on the 5 W’s (and H) of spending our…

Dunedin
Treat Yourself At 9 Of Dunedin’s Best Vegan And Vegetarian Eateries

When it comes to plant-based eating, Dunedin brings its A game. We’re talking dedicated shrines of veggie goodness creating such epic…

Getting The Gig
How These Kiwi Urban Warriors Are Safeguarding Bees For Our Future

Bees. We all know they’re important to our planet’s survival which ultimately impacts on human survival too. But did you know…

Planet
Get Clued Up On What It Really Takes To Be Sustainable In Fashion

We’ve ditched single use coffee cups, switched to stainless steel straws and now we’re turning our attention to our wardrobes.…

Wellington
Hit The Road With These 5 Experiences For A Truly Sustainable Day Out In Wellington

One of the better things to come out COVID-19 was the collective push towards supporting local Kiwi-owned businesses. Of course we then also…

People
Get To Know The Legend Behind It All, Greta Thunberg Just Dropped Her Own Doco

By now, you’re very much aware of how the world’s current climate strikes came to be so mammoth and so widespread—Greta…

People
Take Note, XES Is The New Sex Toy Line Changing The Game For People With Disabilities

The sexual wellness industry is thriving, as is the world’s understanding of varying sexual experiences. If coronavirus had a…

Sustainability
Take Note, Dictionary.com Just Added A Whole New Suite Of LGBQTI+ Definitions

From Apple’s emoji updates to Pantone’s colour of the year, there are some novelties in the world that reflect huge cultural…

Local Escapes
Book Yourself In For The Ultimate Staycation At The Hotel Britomart

2020 is officially the year of the staycation, and we can't think of a better spot to spend our next getaway than in the heart of the…

Sustainability
Add These 8 Conscious Alternatives For Lockdown Essentials To Your Cart, Stat

The sustainability sphere is a rapidly evolving one, and alternatives are cropping up for everyday items left, right and centre. From using…

TV & Movies
Get Schooled With A Whole Lot Of Attitude, Dwight Schrute Just Dropped A Doco On Climate Change

There’s not a lot you can’t love about Dwight Schrute. His confidence meets semi-clueless personality can only be endearing at…

Sustainability
Strive For Style Goals With The 10 Best Local Vintage Sellers On Instagram

There’s nothing fashionable about landfill. In the past ten years though, the amount of textiles being sent to a landfill in…

Planet
Lookout Onto Glassy Waters At This Eco Resort On A Remote Scandinavian Island

There are some resorts in the world that just truly take your breath away, and Manshausen Island Resort does just that. The eco-friendly…

Sustainability
Hit The Road With The 8 Best Bike Stores That Deliver In Auckland

Ah the humble bicycle—getting us around and looking after our health since time immemorial. If you spent lockdown enviously eyeing…

Fashion
Get Schooled On Sustainable DIY With This Collab From Allbirds And Chinatown Market

New Zealand-born sustainable sneaker brand Allbirds has just revealed a new partnership with Chinatown Market (CTM)—the LA-based label…

Sustainability
Wave Goodbye To Beauty Guilt With This Revolutionary Kiwi Recycling Program

Have you ever looked at the skincare in your bathroom cabinet and just wished for a fairy wand to make everything natural, ethical, and…

Planet
Get Set To Plan Around The Celestials, Here’s Everything To Know About Moon Gardening

We realise the initial phrasing of “moon gardening” might conjure up some pretty fantastical imagery. Because yes—we also…

Fashion
Editor’s Picks: Sweat It Out In 5 Of The Coolest Sustainable Activewear Labels

As far as sustainable fashion goes, activewear seems to be the category most regularly pushing boundaries in the quest for earth-friendly…

Planet
Up Your Green Game With This First Timer’s Guide To Going Plastic Free

It's 2020 and here's what we know for sure—plastic of any kind is seriously bad for the environment. And yet shamefully,…

Sustainability
Volunteer Your Time For The Planet With 6 Epic Ways To Get Involved

After weeks of having fewer cars on the road and being forced to discover our local areas by foot on daily walks, our minds have…

Sustainability
Go Nuts For 12 Of Auckland’s Best Vegan Treats

Vegan food is big business these days, with whole eateries dedicated to a cuisine that was once actually quite hard to come by. This is…

Planet
Listen Up, Here’s How To Celebrate World Oceans Day From Home

There’s no denying it, 2020 has been one rollercoaster of a year. With the bush fires, COVID-19 and long overdue international outrage…

People
Take Action, Here’s How You Can Help End Racial Injustice In New Zealand

The death of African American man George Floyd, while being arrested by Minneapolis police, has sent shockwaves around the world. The…

Sustainability
Get Around History And Watch Pixar’s First Film Starring An LGBQTI+ Main Character

Cinemas across the globe may well and truly have shut their doors for the time being but there’s one brand new film which has everyone…

Local Escapes
Unwind At One Of New Zealand’s 9 Most Blissful Retreats

There are times in life when you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and treat your body and mind to a little TLC.…

Sustainability
Get Growing At The 7 Best Urban Farms And Community Gardens In Auckland

With life slowly beginning to normalise again, we're all itching to get out of our bubbles and back into the community. As much as…

News
Urban Culture Curve | Pave A Way Forward With New Wave Positive Publishing

Welcome to the May 2020 Urban Culture Curve—your go-to guide to what’s on its way in, and on its way out, in urban culture.…

Sustainability
Start Picking Your Traits, A Sims 4 Eco Living Expansion Pack Is Coming Next Month

Avid Sims players of the world — this one is for you. In bombshell news (as in, even better than when the OG Sims 2 blessed our…

Sustainability
Get On The Sustainability Train With 6 Eco-Friendly Stores That Deliver Across NZ

We've said goodbye to plastic bags, now move on to bigger and better things with these earth-friendly online stores. Chances are,…

Sustainability
Ditch The Plastic Thanks To These 5 Sustainable Bulk Food Stores That Deliver In NZ

While we love a good trip to the supermarket, the amount of plastic and packaging involved in all our favourite foods can get a little out…

Sustainability
Have A Positive Impact On The World With Us As We Take On Sustainability

Today is an exciting day, one that has been in the making for a long time. It’s the day we launch a project that has engaged the…

Food & Drink
Raise A Glass To These Epic Local Vineyards That Deliver Wine Across NZ

New Zealand’s cellar doors may be shut during lockdown, but that’s not certainly stopping their bottles from making their way to…

People
Here’s How You Can Support The Charities Helping People Struggling Right Now

As we saw during the devastating bushfires that hit rural Victoria earlier this year, Melbournians are willing to find all sorts of ways to…

Planet
Spruce Up Your Living Space With 10 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Hacks

Some of you might already be there, some of you will take a few weeks yet, but if there’s one thing we can bank on it’s that all…