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.