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Melanie Rands

Melanie Rands

Melanie Rands co-founded New Zealand company ecostore with her husband Malcolm Rands in 1993 from their home in a permaculture eco village in Northland. Melanie writes about her experience and interest in healthy living, reducing exposure to nasty chemicals and making a difference to the environment along with invited experts on the ecostore blog. When she is not writing for ecostore Melanie writes poetry, plays in the garden and is learning how to stay upright on a stand up paddle board.

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Posts from Melanie Rands

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Top foods for beautiful, healthy hair

Beautiful hair starts from the inside, with a healthy diet that’s high in essential fatty acids, vitamins, iron, and protein, so here are just a few of the top foods we recommend to help keep your locks looking their best.

April 15th, 2014
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A simple home-made foot soak can work wonders for tired feet and for easing stress levels too

The possibilities for experimenting with simple ingredients for your home-made foot bath are endless and make simple and beautiful gifts.

April 10th, 2014
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refill Station in the shop at ecostore in Freemans bay
Ways to reduce the plastic packaging of ecostore products

Even though we use fully recyclable plastics for ecostore products, plastic packaging is still one of our biggest challenges. Take a look at our tips for making your containers last longer.

April 3rd, 2014
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Are you breathing too much?

Stress, toxic load in our environment, changes to our diet such as increased refined carbs and pasteurized milk, as well as a more sedentary lifestyle and excessive use of personal technologies has affected the way many of us breathe, making us hyperventilate or over-breathe.

March 25th, 2014
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5 Tips for Healthy Skin

The cooler autumn weather can affect how your skin looks and feels so if your skin has been feeling a bit dry or irritated it could be a good time to adjust your skin care routine.

March 11th, 2014
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Nasty chemical of the month: Benzalkonium Chloride

Benzalkonium chloride is an antibacterial chemical that’s added to household cleaners and cosmetic products because of its ability to kill germs, but unfortunately that’s not all it does. Find out more about why we think you should steer clear of this chemical.

February 5th, 2014
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Pre-dissolving your laundry powder is a good idea if you have ‘hard’ water

‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ water are words used to describe the amount of minerals (usually Calcium and Magnesium) present in water. Hard water has more of these minerals and soft water has less, but what does that have to do with dissolving your laundry powder?

March 6th, 2014
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Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap | Science | Smithsonian

We’ve mentioned this issue before, but if you need any more convincing about the dangers of using antibacterial soap in your home then this article by Joseph Stromberg should do the trick.

January 20th, 2014
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Win a luxurious weekend at Kokohuia Lodge (Competition closed Feb 28 2014)

To help us celebrate the spirit of Valentines day this year, our friends Steve and Suzanne at Kokohuia Lodge in the Hokianga Harbour are offering their amazing luxury retreat for a romantic weekend to remember, plus we have 4 ecostore pamper packs to be won.

February 11th, 2014
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Join us for Valentines Day on Pinterest

Did you know you can find ecostore on Pinterest? (We’re a little addicted to it actually!) Pinterest, for those that…

February 11th, 2014
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