About us

The Tread Lightly Charitable Trust (formally The Urban EcoLiving Charitable Trust) was established in 2007 with the vision to “Inspire New Zealanders to live sustainably”.

Tread Lightly achieves this vision through three programmes: the “Tread Lightly Caravan” (TLC), the Tread Lightly Drain Game and Soft Plastics Recycling in schools.

The long term goals of Tread Lightly are to teach Auckland students and their families of the environmental consequences of their everyday lives, and to inspire positive behaviour change to create actual environmental benefits such as reduced waste to landfill, reduced reliance on private transport, reduced energy use in the home and a greater consciousness when making consumer decisions.

The Tread Lightly Caravan has completed over 200 school visits in the Auckland region and more than 45,000 school children have experienced the TLC programme since it began operating in 2010.

The Tread Lightly Soft Plastics programme began in 2016. There are currently 21 Auckland schools registered in the programme, having saved over 2 tonnes of soft plastics from being sent to landfill. The programme is currently on hold, with the suspension of the overall national programme.

The Tread Lightly Drain Game was gifted to Tread Lightly in 2018 and completes the Trust’s portfolio of experiential environmental education programmes.

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  • 'The caravan was well run and very organised. There was no down time and the organisers stuck to their timing. Each activity was different and covered a different aspect of sustainability which was great.'
    - Drury Primary School 2017
  • 'Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team of excellent teachers who did a fantastic job with the caravan and our students at both the Golflands Campus and Botany Campus. It was an excellent way to start our inquiry into sustainability and our Elim value of Respect for God’s World. You gave the students heaps of ideas and opened their thinking to a huge range of ideas around looking after our environment, climate change, recycling, renewable energy etc etc. Thank you for this great educational resource you provide to schools in Auckland'
    - Elim Christian College - 2017