Article Title: Choosing greener appliances
Many of the things we do to be ‘greener’ at home involve reducing waste, so we often think about reducing plastic packaging or using all the food we purchase. But water and energy are things we might also waste at home, and that’s where the appliances we choose can help us make a difference to the planet.
Article Title: Going zero waste in your kitchen
The kitchen is often the heart of the home and a hive of activity, which is why there are are so many types of waste that might be created. It’s here that we cook, which means storing food, washing it and using electricity to make meals. It’s also where we make decisions about the products we use for things like cleaning dishes and washing hands.
Article Title: Why we’re proudly microbead free
We’ve been advocating for a microbead ban for many years, and with a New Zealand ban on the horizon, it’s a good time to re-affirm our commitment to microbead-free products.
Article Title: The organic home garden: winter
Winter is a good time to get maintenance jobs done around the garden. Getting rid of weeds that can be a breeding ground for next season’s green shield beetle is worth putting on the list.
Article Title: Podcasts for green living
Podcasts are a great way to soak up information in your spare time. If you’re keen to be more in the know when it comes to sustainability, being a conscious consumer, living well or doing business with ethics, check out this list of podcasts.
Article Title: How to help kids go green
Teach your kids to live sustainably and you are teaching them to protect their future. Here are some ways to make sustainability fun and engaging.
Article Title: The organic home garden: Autumn
How to help your garden thrive in Autumn.
Article Title: Healthier cleaners protect our waterways
Chemical filled cleaning products have a massive impact on the environment. Find out how to check if your products are safe and eco-friendly.
Article Title: Organic gardening in urban spaces
How to create an inner city garden oasis at your house. It will be great for you and the environment!
Article Title: Walking the talk: Community manager Isa Varga
Community manager Isa Varga tells us the easy changes she has made to live more sustainably.
We’re big fans of the Living Building Challenge, because it sets the standard for people to design and build with the highest sustainability standards in mind. The certification program applies to buildings of almost any scale and location, and targets seven areas of performance: place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity and beauty.
Tessa Berger is perhaps best known for contesting the 2016 local elections, standing for a seat on the Rodney board, north of Auckland. But at just 22, she’s back from a football scholarship to the US, has started her own merchandising business, campaigns for environmental preservation and happens to be a fan of ecostore products as well. We put a few questions to her about how she keeps up a healthy lifestyle with so many things on the go.
Article Title: Walking the talk – retail manager Yulia Podrul
As part of our series where we find out more about how some of the team at ecostore are living sustainably we caught up with Yulia, the retail manager at our Auckland store in Freeman’s Bay. Yulia shared with us her passion for keeping fit with dance and how becoming more aware of the products she uses at home has helped her to be kinder to the planet.
Article Title: Five ways to cut food waste
In this country we throw about 120,000 tonnes of food out from our homes each year – that’s about $900 million worth and could feed about 260,000 people. Here are some simple tips to reduce your food waste.
Article Title: Upcycling – a creative take on sustainable living
In New Zealand, we send 2.5 million tonnes of waste to landfills each year, yet around three quarters of this could have been reused, recycled or composted. Upcycling is a great way to take action to combat waste. If more of us considered upcycling before acquiring something new, we’d collectively reduce our carbon footprint and preserve resources by using existing materials instead of contributing to the demand for new products.
Article Title: Our favourite TED talks on sustainable living
If you’re not already familiar with TED, they’re an organization dedicated to spreading ideas through short yet powerful presentations designed to share knowledge, ideas and a fresh point of view from visionary thinkers. Next time you’re sitting in traffic, on your lunch break or queuing at the supermarket, how about schooling up and getting some inspiring ideas, from a greener future to inspiring stories of eco conscious business practice?