Article - Ways to reduce the plastic packaging of ecostore products

Ways to reduce the plastic packaging of ecostore products

Plastic - it’s everywhere and a surprising amount of it still gets thrown in the rubbish rather than reused or recycled. In fact, according to Plastics New Zealand, a shocking 252,000 tonnes of plastic waste goes to our landfills every year.

Even though we use fully recyclable plastics for ecostore products, plastic is one of our biggest challenges. To try to mitigate this we encourage our customers to reuse and refill their containers as many times as possible by providing a refill station in our own Freeman’s Bay shop and by encouraging other stockists to do the same.

Refilling your products is one of the best ways of saving plastic, but it may still be a while before one of our refill stations are available in your area. In which case, buying in bulk might be a better option.

Switching to ecostore bulk packs can reduce your plastic consumption by up to 58%, and can also help you save money. For more information on where to buy, click here

Tips for refilling at home:

  • Buy some funnels and keep one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom and one in the laundry. You can find them in plastics or hardware shops or buy them second-hand.
  • Use smaller bottles to refill as the bulk sizes are too heavy and it’s easy to waste some of the product by accidentally using too much.
  • Make sure the containers you’re refilling have the correct labels with ingredient and dosage information as well as any safety precautions.
  • It’s important to keep your cleaning products away from children but if they do come into contact with any of your cleaners then it’s vital that the bottles have the correct labels.

If you have any other useful tips to help others who are thinking about buying in bulk then we’d love to hear them.


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    Kia ora - this is a great article and I feel should be re-posted to highlight the ever present issue we're battling with waste!

    We recently did a bulk purchase (was excited for the 20% off sale) - but promoting bulk purchasing and refilling would be great!
    By Shane on Thu July 14, 2016
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    Hi Debra, The Commonsense Organics stores in and around Wellington have our refill stations - the best way to find the one closet to you is to take a look at their website: http://www.commonsenseorganics.co.nz
    By Melanie Rands on Thu July 10, 2014
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    Hi Chris, your nearest refill station would be at Binn Inn on Lower Spa Road in Taupo (07 377 0610) it might pay to call first though to make sure they have what you're looking for smile
    By Melanie Rands on Thu July 10, 2014
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    Taste Nature, 131 High Street (03 4740219) smile
    By Melanie Rands on Thu July 10, 2014
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    I live in Upper Hutt, where would my closer refill place be? I believe there is a bin inn in Petone, would that be the closest? Thanks
    By Debra on Mon July 07, 2014
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    Hi there, Where is a refill Station close to Turangi??
    By Chris on Mon July 07, 2014
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    Hi there, LOVE this idea; anywhere in Dunedin to refill?
    By Sharon on Fri July 04, 2014
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    Definitely something to watch out for, yes mould is very unhealthy.
    By Melanie Rands on Fri July 04, 2014
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    Actually, the ecostore shop is the closet refill station to you - we're at 1 Scotland Street in Freemans Bay - ph 09 360 8477
    By Melanie Rands on Fri July 04, 2014
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    Hey Cushla, there are refill stations at the Binn Inn in Kamo - 386 Kamo Road (09 435 44 94) and also the Bin Inn at 75 Walton Street (09 430 0588) and another one at Putiputi Ra at 79 Walton Street 09 430 0606 - it might pay to call first to make sure they have what you're looking for smile
    By Melanie Rands on Fri July 04, 2014

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