Green PETS


Stanmore Bay, Whangaparoa

The PET green wall project promoted education in: 

  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Horticultural practices
  • The environment
  • New Zealand native plant species
  • Creating eco systems and food sources for plants, insects and birdlife 

Stanmore Bay Primary School in Whangaparaoa is the pilot school for the first sustainable Green Wall project completed in New Zealand. Affectionately named Green PETS, the Green Wall is made from recycled plastic polyethylene terephthalate bottles. The plants grow in a ‘top secret’ Natural Habitats nutrient media mix, with its own irrigation system. The projects’ components were sourced, constructed, planted and installed at the school.

Graham Cleary said, “It’s a simplistic idea, the community working together to collect, recycle and build a sustainable garden in the vertical plane.  We have created a habitat for small animals and insects while instilling intrinsic environmental values in our next generation.  Our aim is to reduce our carbon footprint using everyday items to create a beautiful edifice”.