Life’s a beach, pro­tect it

Nadia - - NADIA + ECOSTORE -

Look af­ter your skin and our beaches this sum­mer by think­ing twice about the prod­ucts you’re us­ing on your body

We read the back of our food pack­ets to look for red-flag in­gre­di­ents, but how much do we know about what we’re pu ing on our skin? ere are a num­ber of in­gre­di­ents in our skin­care prod­ucts that when washed down the drain can end up neg­a­tively im­pact­ing our wa­ter­ways and oceans. We all know now that mi­crobeads are an ab­so­lute no-no and the New Zealand gov­ern­ment last year banned prod­ucts con­tain­ing these tiny plas­tic par­ti­cles from be­ing sold here. at global is­sue has be­gun to be taken care of, but there are oth­ers, such as the coral reef-de­stroy­ing com­pounds oxy­ben­zone and octi­nox­ate in sun­screen that are yet to be dealt with on a larger scale. We can each do our bit to lessen our im­pact on the planet by choos­ing prod­ucts that have min­i­mal im­pact on plant and ma­rine life. A good rule of thumb is: the sim­pler the in­gre­di­ents list, the be er.

Down the drain

If you’re look­ing to start with some ini­tial skin­care swaps, your hand and body wash are good ones to con­sider switch­ing up. With residue go­ing straight down the drain and into our wa­ter­ways, look for prod­ucts with hy­drat­ing nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents such as harakeke (New Zealand flax) to pro­tect your skin and also those that are safe to use with sep­tic tanks, if you have one. The in­gre­di­ents in eco­s­tore’s per­sonal care and clean­ing prod­ucts are plant-based, and are safer for you and the en­vi­ron­ment. With proper grey­wa­ter sys­tems in place, most rinse wa­ter used while clean­ing with eco­s­tore prod­ucts can be safely reused on your flower gar­dens, lawns and trees.

Sea change

Where sun­screen is con­cerned, opt for a for­mula that doesn’t con­tain oxy­ben­zone or octi­nox­ate. Oxy­ben­zone is the most com­monly found of the two, and you’re more likely to come across sun­screen with this in­gre­di­ent than with­out. This means you’ve got to let your fin­gers do the walk­ing and do your re­search be­fore you head to the shops. The Haereti­cus En­vi­ron­men­tal Lab­o­ra­tory web­site con­tains a com­pre­hen­sive list of in­gre­di­ents harm­ful to our oceans and is a great place to start.

Bot­tle it up

It’s not just what’s in our prod­ucts that re­quires con­sid­er­a­tion, but the pack­ag­ing, too. eco­s­tore bo†les are made from re­new­able sugar plas­tic which is not only 100 per­cent re­cy­clable, but a much more sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive to pe­tro­leum-based plas­tic.

Coast along

eco­s­tore is launch­ing a spe­cial black, lim­ited-edi­tion range of its Vanilla & Co­conut Hand Wash and Body Wash this Sep­tem­ber in sup­port of New Zealand char­ity Sus­tain­able Coast­lines. To help them con­tinue the work they do to keep our wa­ter­ways clean, eco­s­tore will con­trib­ute ‘’c of every lim­ited edi­tion bo†le sold to Sus­tain­able Coast­lines.

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