Ecostore launches New Zealand's first 100 percent ocean waste plastic bottle

From waste to wash

Ecostore launches New Zealand's first 100 percent ocean waste plastic bottle

Ecostore has partnered with global ocean waste plastic supplier Pack Tech to create 20,000 limited edition hand washes that are made completely from plastic waste collected from the ocean – the equivalent of half a tonne being salvaged from the sea. The company says it is part of its commitment to help raise awareness around plastic pollution in our seas, while also being part of the solution. Designed to be refillable, the bottles feature one of three artworks of the ocean by New Zealand artist Tomas Cottle.

Manage your bloody waste

Businesses in our ‘clean green Aotearoa’ are becoming more responsible for the waste they emit as much as consumers are. From the new movement of the conscious individual came a need for our businesses to cater to that. Yet reducing waste and becoming more environmentally conscious is not an easy task for already solid businesses. Here, five industry experts give their insights and advice on how businesses can pivot towards a more sustainable outlook.

Waste not want not

You’ve heard the statistics on waste, there will be more plastic than fish in our ocean by 2050, meanwhile our world is running out of space for landfills, especially in Japan and Europe. Waste is everywhere, it’s bursting out of our cupboards and spilling onto the floor. It’s anathema to almost every industry, significant in our households, our food and beverage, agricultural, retail, and film communities. However, some people have responded, our government has phased out single use plastic bags in supermarkets, and businesses have begun to turn trash into beautiful, commercially viable, products. To keep the innovation happening, we shed light on a few local businesses who have relieved New Zealand’s festering waste crisis.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Daryl Briggs a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Aquafortus, which removes water from waste. 

Disposable debate

It’s 2018, and we’re still having a global debate about single-use, disposable items such as coffee cups, plastic straws, cheap wooden chopsticks, and more. Here in the Land of the Long White Cloud, the issue of what to do with disposable coffee cups – and how to get rid of them without polluting the planet – is burning as hot as ever.