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OUR HISTORY

1981

The establishment of Snowy Peak Ltd by Peri Drysdale, as a cottage industry with 10 outworkers, knitting with natural fibres grown and made in New Zealand.

1984

Snowy Peak Ltd had grown to 500 outworkers, working with a number of local natural fibres including New Zealand Mohair and New Zealand Cashmere.

1985

A state of the art computerised knitting machine was purchased from Japan. The business moved into a leased premises and gradually brought production in house.

1992

Snowy Peak Ltd knitted the first ever garment in Possum blended with wool.

1995

Untouched World™ by Snowy Peak collection launched. This collection was Biogrow certified organic and sold in New Zealand and Japan.

1996

Launched Merinomink™ after four years research overcoming quality issues associated with possum fibre as a recovered material. Much of this research was done in Japan.

1998

Untouched World™ was launched as a broader, more extensive New Zealand lifestyle brand.

1998

The first Untouched World™ retail store and café opened in Christchurch, New Zealand.

2000

The Untouched World™ Charitable Trust was established.

2001

Untouched World™ retail stores were opened in Auckland and Queenstown.

2002

First sustainability report published.

2002

The first Untouched World™ Charitable Trust Programme took place at Blumine Island in the Marlborough Sounds.

2004

Introduced patented mechanically processed bamboo fabric.

2007

Untouched World™ retail store opened in Wellington, New Zealand.

2007

Untouched World™ Charitable Trust executive Mark Prain worked with United Nations on sustainable business policy development.

2007

Peri Drysdale and Dr Barry Law were lead presenters at an international meeting convened by UNESCO in Bonn, Germany, on Corporate Education for Sustainable Development. Peri went on to chair sessions of the other key major corporate exemplars present including Shell, Cisco, Swarovski, Daimler Chrysler, and Barry worked on the collation of the meeting outcome for the UN.

2008

Leading practitioner and thinker Dr Barry Law appointed as dedicated sustainability adviser to guide business practice.

2008

Peri Drysdale attends the Asia 2008 Clinton Global Initiative as New Zealand's only representative, at the personal invitation of President Clinton.

2009

Peri Drysdale presented/exhibited Untouched World™ at the United Nations World Mid Decade Sustainability Conference in Bonn. Untouched World™ was one of 25 global exemplars.

2009

UWCT Blumine Island project achieves predator free status.

2009

Partnership agreement signed with the Clinton Global Initiative.

2010

Clinton Global Initiative partnership programme development completed, ready for the pilot to run in January 2011.

2010

The historic release of three pairs of Kiwi from Okarito on Blumine Island, Marlborough Sounds, by Minister of Conservation, Kate Wilkinson and Untouched World™ Charitable Trust Chair Peri Drysdale, accompanied by two alumni from the UWCT Blumine Island programmes, Iwi and Department of Conservation staff. A great outcome after eight years of UWCT student programme work on the island.

2010

Untouched World™ Charitable Trust signs Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Conservation.

2011

Clinton Global Initiative Waterwise partnership programme pilot runs successfully in South Island New Zealand.

2012

Project U™ not for Profit “everyone can make a difference” established, 100% of profits to Untouched World™ Charitable Trust. Tees made in India in a social enterprise by women being offered skills to give independence from sexual slavery.

2013

Second UWCT & Clinton Global Initiative partnership project pilot successfully run, this one based on water and the Canterbury earthquake recovery.

2014

Exclusive new fibre development, Kapua (Maori for cloud) launched under Untouched World™ brand.

2014

Most Sustainable Brand 2014 (UK, Sublime Magazine).

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