Life’s a beach, protect it
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.
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 boles are made from renewable sugar plastic which is not only 100 percent recyclable, but a much more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastic.
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 bole sold to Sustainable Coastlines.