Article - ecostore adds to winning record with second Green Ribbon Award

ecostore adds to winning record with second Green Ribbon Award

Our CEO and co-founder Malcolm Rands (pictured above with wife and co-founder Melanie Rands) has collected ecostore’s second Green Ribbon Award, an annual prize given by New Zealand’s Environment Ministry. Malcolm was presented with the award in 2002 when our not for profit arm Fairground Foundation was recognized for its school organic gardens project.

Malcolm and Ecostore’s award for business leadership was one of 10 given out to individuals, community groups and organisations in the awards’ 25th year.

He says the award shows how ecostore can be part of the solution for the environment and how our team is always thinking about how the products we make can be safer for not just for the environment, but also for people’s health.

We’re really proud of our work producing Carbon Capture bottles, made from renewable sugarcane and 100% recyclable. The project was a New Zealand first.


Malcolm with the 2015 Green Ribbon Award for Business Leadership

“Plastic is one of the world’s greatest problems so finding a safer alternative has been a priority. Finally sugar is good for something!,” Malcolm says.

Fairground Foundation has also been  involved in a joint initiative with Vector so that ecostore is powered entirely by solar energy. “We created New Zealand’s first net zero energy commercial building which is run entirely on solar power meeting all of our electricity requirements,” he says.

This year’s awards were a joint venture for the first time between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation.

“Over the past 25 years, we’ve celebrated the achievements of a wide range of diverse people, organisations and businesses that have gone above and beyond to protect and improve New Zealand’s environment,” says Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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