Right now, climate change and plastic pollution are two of the biggest challenges we all face. More people are talking about plastic – a good sign, considering it’s an issue that really needs to be tackled.
Since ecostore started in 1993, the company has been committed to making products that are safer for people and our world. This philosophy goes hand in hand with creating packaging that’s as sustainable as possible.
Most plastic is made from non-renewable petrochemicals. And making it releases carbon into the atmosphere, adding to climate change. So, a few years ago ecostore set itself a challenge to find alternative packaging material that’s safer for the planet and the climate.
And they found one.
After intensive research, sugarcane came out on top. Like trees, sugarcane is renewable, and takes carbon out of the atmosphere as it grows. Sugarcane husks even generate bio-electricity in the factory that makes the sugar plastic.
Sugar plastic bottles are also 100% recyclable through kerbside collection, so they can be remade into new bottles. And while recycling is great, refilling is better. So to make this easier, ecostore has set up more than 60 refill stations around New Zealand (with more planned). Click the link here to find your nearest refill station.
The decision to switch to sugar plastic 4 years ago, has already saved 4,485 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere (the same carbon emissions as driving a car from Cape Reinga to Bluff, 8,500 times!).
But to really tackle climate change head on means change on a wider scale. For example, if every Kiwi household chose sugar plastic bottles for their home cleaning and body care products for a year, together New Zealanders would save 43,000 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere. That’s like taking 9,200 cars off the road or planting more than a million trees.