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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

How to get dishes clean more safely and naturally

Dishwash liquid that produces long lasting bubbles and foam could be made from chemicals that aren’t necessary and may not be such a safe option when it comes to your health .

April 6th, 2015
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Cleaning up bathroom toxins with Dr Leila Masson

We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms cleaning the room and ourselves, which means we might be exposed to harmful chemicals. Dr Leila Masson has some advice about the toxins we might find and how to avoid them.

February 17th, 2015
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Dr Kathleen Wills and Angie Baur getting ready to carry out some simple tests for adrenal fatigue
Three simple checks for adrenal fatigue (video)

If you’ve had prolonged episodes of stress and are feeling tired or run down, you might have adrenal fatigue. As Dr. Kathleen Wills demonstrates, it’s actually pretty easy to find out.

August 13th, 2014
Cooking class with Little Bird Organics
Green smoothie recipe from Little Bird Organics

According to the lovely Megan May of Little Bird Organics – green smoothies “make you happy from the inside out”. And having just tried one, we’d have to agree!

July 22nd, 2014
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Kids clothes
Six ways you can change how kids clothes are made

The production of kid’s clothing can harm people and the environment. Jess Berenston-Shaw, founder of NZ-based social enterprise Muka Kids tells us 6 things we can do to help change this.

July 16th, 2014
Jess in Udaipur
Muka Kids: clothes that don’t harm people or the planet

Muka Kids is a New Zealand-based social enterprise that has rethought the way kids clothing is made, used and reused.

July 16th, 2014
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Mike Murphy in PNG
Do you start your day with a fairtrade coffee?

For some of us the day doesn’t really start until we’ve had our first cup of coffee and how much better does it feel when you know it’s fairtrade?

July 9th, 2014
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Girls are reaching puberty as early as 7 and 8 years old
Endocrine disrupting chemicals and your health

As of 2010 young women are developing into puberty twice as quickly as 10 years ago. One of the reasons could be exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) in the products we use every day.

June 26th, 2014
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Two boys playing with coploured blocks on a wooden table
Food allergies – a growing epidemic

Find out what cows milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat and soy products have in common.

May 13th, 2014
A small boy rubbing his eyes
If you suffer from sneezing and itchy skin, you’re not alone

The skin can be thought of a bit like bricks and mortar, and in the case of eczema, there is a problem with the mortar.

May 13th, 2014
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