Laundry Powder by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: The ecostore Laundry Powder is made without any potentially harmful chemicals and thus safe for both the skin and the environment. The laundry powder also has the lowest total alkalinity in waste water in Australasia, which means you can use the waste water for your lawn or garden.

Fragrance free option available.

Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Coco Sulphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Lauryl/MyristylGlucoside, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sodium Polyaspartate, Essential Oils (Litsea Cubeba, Citurs Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil (fraction))

ecostore, based in New Zealand, produces a wide variety of home and body care products, which are not only natural but also safe to use.

ecostore’s products are distributed by The Naturally Better Company. You can buy from their boutique.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 15 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 22 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

ecostore has achieved ISO 14001, Diamond Enviromark, and carboNZero manufacturing certification.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards created by the International Organization for Standardization that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company has implemented various sustainability initiatives, such as using sustainable palm oil under the GreenPalm programme, using no harmful chemicals in their products, and using recycled and recyclable materials for the packaging.

GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme that tackles the environmental and social issues caused by palm oil production.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2010 and Enviromark Diamond certification in 2009.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company implements various green practices in its operations, including health and environmental safety, waste minimization, and recycling.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

ecostore has won the 2009 New Zealand’s most Sustainable Business of the Year award.

Energy and Climate Change

7. Does the product or service have an energy or carbon-related third party certification or label?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has gained the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Ecotech is certified under the carboNZero programme and one of the requirements is to actively measure and report its carbon footprint and emissions.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

To achieve the carboNZero certification, Ecotech has to set targets and plans on reducing emissions.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has actively done so and has achieved the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

ecostore Laundry Powder boxes are made of 95% recycled materials, while the plastic inside the box is made of LDPE (Low Density Poly Ethylene), which is recycling code 4. A measuring scoop is also included in the packaging, and it is made from 100% post consumer regrind plastic.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

ecostore Laundry Powder uses no harmful chemicals so it is safer for both people and the environment.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

ecostore prioritizes plant based ingredients from sustainable or renewable sources that are hazard free. Every ingredient is carefully assessed for people and environment’s health and safety, and products are constantly being reviewed to create the best formulation. ecostore also has extensive lists of natural ingredients they use and chemical ones they do not put in their products.

Social and Ethical

26. Does the product or service have an ethics-related third party certification or label?

ecostore has the PETA logo on their packaging and has verified to not conduct any animal testing on their ingredients or products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal rights organization that works around the issue of animal cruelty.

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides the company’s commitment to sustainability, a percentage of ecostore’s profits go to Fairground Foundation, which was created by ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands, as a way to support the community in the areas of health, culture and sustainability. The company has also created campaigns to raise awareness of nasty chemical ingredients in common household products.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

ecostore products are not tested on animals.

“This is probably one of the first laundry powder that I enjoy using. Usually I had to dilute my laundry powder in some water before using it or it would leave some residue on my clothes. I am so happy that this one is easy to use. Plus the fact that it is concentrated, I don’t have to use too much. Performance wise, it does leave my clothes clean, but I can’t really compare it to other brands as usually my clothes are not severely stained. However, my clothes feel soft after every wash, which gives me a reason to stop buying softener. I also love the lemon scent—it’s as fresh as cold lemonade!”

Isabela Clarissa

“I tried the laundry powder with the dirtiest things in the house – my boys’ sports kit after football and fabric slippers! The powder did the job of removing all the stains and sweaty smells. I was also pleased that it did not leave behind an overpowering floral smell that you usually get with commercial laundry detergents. ”

Agy

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8W Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb by Philips (25% OFF)

August 1, 2012 by  
Filed under House, Lighting, Special Deals

Brand: Philips

Attributes: Energy Saving

Description: Replace your incandescent bulbs with the energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save up to 80% energy. CFLs also last up to 6 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. You save money by using less energy and with less frequent changing of bulbs.

The Philips 8W Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb is equivalent to a 40W incandescent bulb. The CFL has a screw base and the color is cool daylight. The bulb can operate within 170-250V. It is not suitable for dimmers.

(some people have concerns about the trace amounts of mercury in the light bulbs. The government has the following advice.)

Philips is one of the leading providers of lighting solutions and applications for professional and consumer markets.

Usual Price: $6.50

Special Deal Price: $4.90 (25% OFF)

The 8W CFL is only available for delivery in Singapore, and payment is by Cash on Delivery.

If your order is above $50, delivery is free! If your order is below $50, we charge $5 for delivery in Singapore.

You can place an order through the form below and we will email you the confirmation within 3 working days.

Name (required)

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Delivery Address (required)

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Remarks (if any)

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 14 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 1 Dec 2011):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Philips follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines at the A+ level.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

In 2010, 95% of reporting manufacturing sites were ISO 14001 certified.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The various green practices are highlighted in the Philips Annual report 2010.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

Philips was recognized as the 9th greenest company in the world in Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, and was recognized as a Top 50 Green Brand by Interbrand in 2011. See more awards.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The CFL bulb can save up to 80% energy, as compared to an incandescent bulb.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Philips track energy usage and carbon emissions in their manufacturing facilities.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

Philips has set a 2015 reduction target of 25% for the carbon emissions from manufacturing.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

The various steps are highlighted in the Philips Annual report 2010.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

78% of total waste from manufacturing facilities is sent for recycling.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

Philips has set a 2015 reduction target of 10% for the water usage in manufacturing facilities.

Chemicals and Health

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Philips has reduced the use of harmful chemicals such as benzene, mercury, CFCs/HCFCs, lead, and PFCs in its manufacturing.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

The Philips Annual Report 2010 describes sustainability and social policies, which are integrated into the business strategies.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

Philips is committed to and embraces a diverse and inclusive working environment.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

Philips has a social investment policy to improve people’s lives and encourages its employees to use their skills and expertise as volunteers.

“I changed my old 20W lightbulb with this CFL and it is as bright as before. It’s so easy to just change a bulb and save energy and money!”

Eugene Tay

11W Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb by Philips (25% OFF)

August 1, 2012 by  
Filed under House, Lighting, Special Deals

Brand: Philips

Attributes: Energy Saving

Description: Replace your incandescent bulbs with the energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save up to 80% energy. CFLs also last up to 6 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. You save money by using less energy and with less frequent changing of bulbs.

The Philips 11W Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb is equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb. The CFL has a screw base and the color is cool daylight. The bulb can operate within 170-250V. It is not suitable for dimmers.

(some people have concerns about the trace amounts of mercury in the light bulbs. The government has the following advice.)

Philips is one of the leading providers of lighting solutions and applications for professional and consumer markets.

Usual Price: $6.50

Special Deal Price: $4.90 (25% OFF)

The 11W CFL is only available for delivery in Singapore, and payment is by Cash on Delivery.

If your order is above $50, delivery is free! If your order is below $50, we charge $5 for delivery in Singapore.

You can place an order through the form below and we will email you the confirmation within 3 working days.

Name (required)

Email (required)

Contact Number (required)

Delivery Address (required)

Product Order Quantity (required)

Remarks (if any)

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 14 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 1 Dec 2011):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Philips follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines at the A+ level.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

In 2010, 95% of reporting manufacturing sites were ISO 14001 certified.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The various green practices are highlighted in the Philips Annual report 2010.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

Philips was recognized as the 9th greenest company in the world in Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, and was recognized as a Top 50 Green Brand by Interbrand in 2011. See more awards.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The CFL bulb can save up to 80% energy, as compared to an incandescent bulb.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Philips track energy usage and carbon emissions in their manufacturing facilities.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

Philips has set a 2015 reduction target of 25% for the carbon emissions from manufacturing.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

The various steps are highlighted in the Philips Annual report 2010.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

78% of total waste from manufacturing facilities is sent for recycling.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

Philips has set a 2015 reduction target of 10% for the water usage in manufacturing facilities.

Chemicals and Health

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Philips has reduced the use of harmful chemicals such as benzene, mercury, CFCs/HCFCs, lead, and PFCs in its manufacturing.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

The Philips Annual Report 2010 describes sustainability and social policies, which are integrated into the business strategies.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

Philips is committed to and embraces a diverse and inclusive working environment.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

Philips has a social investment policy to improve people’s lives and encourages its employees to use their skills and expertise as volunteers.

“I changed my old 20W lightbulb with this CFL and it is as bright as before. It’s so easy to just change a bulb and save energy and money!”

Eugene Tay

Laundry Soaker and Stain Remover by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: ecostore Laundry Soaker and Stain Remover is specially formulated to soak heavily stained items, brighten colors, or to give laundry detergent more power when required.

Made from plant and mineral based ingredients, this product is safe for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Safely super concentrated and fragrance free.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Percarbonate, Tetraacetyl Ethalinediamine, Sodium Coco Sulphate.

ecostore, based in New Zealand, produces a wide variety of home and body care products, which are not only natural but also safe to use.

ecostore’s products are distributed by The Naturally Better Company. You can buy from their boutique.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 15 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 23 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

ecostore has achieved ISO 14001, Diamond Enviromark, and carboNZero manufacturing certification.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards created by the International Organization for Standardization that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company has implemented various sustainability initiatives, such as using sustainable palm oil under the GreenPalm programme, using no harmful chemicals in their products, and using recycled and recyclable materials for the packaging.

GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme that tackles the environmental and social issues caused by palm oil production.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2010 and Enviromark Diamond certification in 2009.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company implements various green practices in its operations, including health and environmental safety, waste minimization, and recycling.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

ecostore has won the 2009 New Zealand’s most Sustainable Business of the Year award.

Energy and Climate Change

7. Does the product or service have an energy or carbon-related third party certification or label?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has gained the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Ecotech is certified under the carboNZero programme and one of the requirements is to actively measure and report its carbon footprint and emissions.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

To achieve the carboNZero certification, Ecotech has to set targets and plans on reducing emissions.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has actively done so and has achieved the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

ecostore currently uses HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene), which is the most recyclable plastic currently available, for their bottle packaging. Clear polypropylene label is used and is fully recyclable without having to be removed from the bottle. ecostore is also planning to include a certain percentage of post consumer recycled plastic.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

ecostore Laundry Soaker and Stain Remover uses only plant or mineral based ingredients. Its concentrated formula does not contain harmful chemicals.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

ecostore prioritizes plant based ingredients from sustainable or renewable sources that are hazard free. Every ingredient is carefully assessed for people and environment’s health and safety, and products are constantly being reviewed to create the best formulation. ecostore also has extensive lists of natural ingredients they use and chemical ones they do not put in their products.

Social and Ethical

26. Does the product or service have an ethics-related third party certification or label?

ecostore has the PETA logo on their packaging and has verified to not conduct any animal testing on their ingredients or products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal rights organization that works around the issue of animal cruelty.

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides the company’s commitment to sustainability, a percentage of ecostore’s profits go to Fairground Foundation, which was created by ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands, as a way to support the community in the areas of health, culture and sustainability. The company has also created campaigns to raise awareness of nasty chemical ingredients in common household products.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

ecostore products are not tested on animals.

Coming soon…

What do you think? Share your reviews and comments below.

Dishwash Liquid by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: Made from plant and mineral based ingredients, ecostore Dishwash Liquid cleanses dishes effectively without sacrificing its performance. Being pH balanced, this Dishwash Liquid is also suitable for sensitive skin. Available in Lemon and Grapefruit fragrance.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Coco Sulphate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Lauramine Oxide, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Citric Acid, Ammonium Chloride, Essential Oils (Litsea Cubeba, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil (fraction), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)

ecostore, based in New Zealand, produces a wide variety of home and body care products, which are not only natural but also safe to use.

ecostore’s products are distributed by The Naturally Better Company. You can buy from their boutique.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 15 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 22 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

ecostore has achieved ISO 14001, Diamond Enviromark, and carboNZero manufacturing certification.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards created by the International Organization for Standardization that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company has implemented various sustainability initiatives, such as using sustainable palm oil under the GreenPalm programme, using no harmful chemicals in their products, and using recycled and recyclable materials for the packaging.

GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme that tackles the environmental and social issues caused by palm oil production.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2010 and Enviromark Diamond certification in 2009.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company implements various green practices in its operations, including health and environmental safety, waste minimization, and recycling.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

ecostore has won the 2009 New Zealand’s most Sustainable Business of the Year award.

Energy and Climate Change

7. Does the product or service have an energy or carbon-related third party certification or label?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has gained the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Ecotech is certified under the carboNZero programme and one of the requirements is to actively measure and report its carbon footprint and emissions.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

To achieve the carboNZero certification, Ecotech has to set targets and plans on reducing emissions.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has actively done so and has achieved the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

ecostore currently uses HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene), which is the most recyclable plastic currently available, for their bottle packaging. Clear polypropylene label is used and is fully recyclable without having to be removed from the bottle. ecostore is also planning to include a certain percentage of post consumer recycled plastic.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

ecostore Dishwash Liquid uses plant and mineral based ingredients with no harmful chemicals.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

ecostore prioritizes plant based ingredients from sustainable or renewable sources that are hazard free. Every ingredient is carefully assessed for people and environment’s health and safety, and products are constantly being reviewed to create the best formulation. ecostore also has extensive lists of natural ingredients they use and chemical ones they do not put in their products.

Social and Ethical

26. Does the product or service have an ethics-related third party certification or label?

ecostore has the PETA logo on their packaging and has verified to not conduct any animal testing on their ingredients or products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal rights organization that works around the issue of animal cruelty.

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides the company’s commitment to sustainability, a percentage of ecostore’s profits go to Fairground Foundation, which was created by ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands, as a way to support the community in the areas of health, culture and sustainability. The company has also created campaigns to raise awareness of nasty chemical ingredients in common household products.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

ecostore products are not tested on animals.

Coming soon…

What do you think? Share your reviews and comments below.

Hand Wash by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: ecostore Hand Wash is specially formulated to gently cleanse your skin without removing its natural protective oils. Made from naturally derived ingredients, this hand wash is also safe to the environment — the water used to wash the hands can safely be used for your garden!

ecostore Hand Wash comes in three different fragrances: Rose and Cardamon, Coconut and Vanilla, and Orange and Patchouli.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Essential Oils (Citrus Sinensis, Agathosma Betulina, Litsea Cubeba, Rosa Damascena, Coriandrum Sativum, Piper Nigrum, Elettaria Cardamomum, Santalum Album, Aniba Rosaeodora, Pogostemon Cablin)

ecostore, based in New Zealand, produces a wide variety of home and body care products, which are not only natural but also safe to use.

ecostore’s products are distributed by The Naturally Better Company. You can buy from their boutique.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 15 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 22 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

ecostore has achieved ISO 14001, Diamond Enviromark, and carboNZero manufacturing certification.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards created by the International Organization for Standardization that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company has implemented various sustainability initiatives, such as using sustainable palm oil under the GreenPalm programme, using no harmful chemicals in their products, and using recycled and recyclable materials for the packaging.

GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme that tackles the environmental and social issues caused by palm oil production.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2010 and Enviromark Diamond certification in 2009.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company implements various green practices in its operations, including health and environmental safety, waste minimization, and recycling.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

ecostore has won the 2009 New Zealand’s most Sustainable Business of the Year award.

Energy and Climate Change

7. Does the product or service have an energy or carbon-related third party certification or label?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has gained the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Ecotech is certified under the carboNZero programme and one of the requirements is to actively measure and report its carbon footprint and emissions.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

To achieve the carboNZero certification, Ecotech has to set targets and plans on reducing emissions.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has actively done so and has achieved the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

ecostore currently uses HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene), which is the most recyclable plastic currently available, for their bottle packaging. Clear polypropylene label is used and is fully recyclable without having to be removed from the bottle. ecostore is also planning to include a certain percentage of post consumer recycled plastic.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

ecostore Hand Wash is made from naturally derived ingredients. No harmful chemicals are used so that the product is safe for both people and the environment.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

ecostore prioritizes plant based ingredients from sustainable or renewable sources that are hazard free. Every ingredient is carefully assessed for people and environment’s health and safety, and products are constantly being reviewed to create the best formulation. ecostore also has extensive lists of natural ingredients they use and chemical ones they do not put in their products.

Social and Ethical

26. Does the product or service have an ethics-related third party certification or label?

ecostore has the PETA logo on their packaging and has verified to not conduct any animal testing on their ingredients or products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal rights organization that works around the issue of animal cruelty.

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides the company’s commitment to sustainability, a percentage of ecostore’s profits go to Fairground Foundation, which was created by ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands, as a way to support the community in the areas of health, culture and sustainability. The company has also created campaigns to raise awareness of nasty chemical ingredients in common household products.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

ecostore products are not tested on animals.

“The thing about hand wash products is that they often try to show that they work: strong fragrance, chemicals, moisturizers, etc that I often end up with hands which smell much stronger than the food I’m about to eat. This product has very light scent and most importantly, only safe ingredients, so I won’t need to worry about putting chemicals in my mouth. However, I don’t find this hand wash to be moisturizing; my hands still feel a bit dry after use.”

Isabela Clarissa

What do you think? Share your reviews and comments below.

Wheat Composite Hanger by L’earth

Brand: L’earth

Attributes: Waste Reduction, Recycled

Description: The Wheat Composite Hanger by L’earth is made of composite wheat, recycled plastics, and metal strips.

The hanger is dark brown in colour and is 35cm in length, with 2 clips at both ends.

L’earth (short form of the phrase Love Earth) is a consumer brand of Winrigo (S) Pte Ltd, making eco-friendly plastic products more accessible to consumers.

You can buy from L’earth’s online store or contact their key partner Winrigo.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 11 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 2 Apr 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

L’earth’s products are made by Winrigo, which has obtained the Sustainable Manufacturing Certification for 2010 to 2012.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Winrigo is committed to sustainability and has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

Winrigo has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

Winrigo has won the 3R Packaging Awards – Merit Award in 2011, and the SEC-Senoko Energy Green Innovation Award in 2010.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The product uses recycled plastics instead of virgin plastic material, thus reducing plastic waste and further lowering carbon emissions. SIMTech assisted Winrigo to conduct a comparative carbon footprint assessment to verify the eco-friendliness of the material, R3Plas™. R3Plas™ is able to reduce carbon emission by 30% compared to virgin plastics without increasing in cost.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Winrigo has developed a Life Cycle Assessment toolkit with SIMTech, which looks at energy consumption and carbon footprint of its processes and products.

Materials and Waste

12. Does the product or service help to reduce, reuse or recycle waste?

L’earth’s hangers are made using plant by-product like wheat. Rather than disposing them as waste, they are put to better use by combining them with recycled plastic.

13. Is the product made from reclaimed or recycled material?

The product is made with recycled plastics and organic plant by-product fibers from wheat.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

Winrigo is a signatory to the Singapore Packaging Agreement. This means that the one of the company’s aims has to be reducing packaging waste arising from consumer products.

Chemicals and Health

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The company has has conducted 3rd-party tests to ensure that its products are free of most heavy metals and VOCs.

Social and Ethical

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

L’earth is always seeking collaboration and environmental projects, and has partnered with Winrigo as sponsors for youth-initiated projects, World Leadership Conference 2011, Earth Day 2011 and Indian Community 2012.

“My first physical impression of the hanger is that it is not the most good-looking hanger out there. It was just this straight piece of material with a hook attached on it. But this is a hanger, and it did serve its purpose – it was able to hold the weight of wet cotton tops and wet denim jeans. So if you are looking for something simple and does its job, then this hanger might be the one for you.”

Nor Lastrina Hamid

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Wheat Composite Fork by L’earth

Brand: L’earth

Attributes: Waste Reduction, Recycled

Description: The Wheat Composite Fork by L’earth is lightweight and made of composite wheat and recycled plastics.

The fork helps to reduce waste since it is made from waste by-products and recycled plastics.

L’earth (short form of the phrase Love Earth) is a consumer brand of Winrigo (S) Pte Ltd, making eco-friendly plastic products more accessible to consumers.

You can buy from L’earth’s online store or contact their key partner Winrigo.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 11 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 2 Apr 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

L’earth’s products are made by Winrigo, which has obtained the Sustainable Manufacturing Certification for 2010 to 2012.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Winrigo is committed to sustainability and has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

Winrigo has implemented practices to meet some of the criteria for the Sustainable Manufacturing Label.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

Winrigo has won the 3R Packaging Awards – Merit Award in 2011, and the SEC-Senoko Energy Green Innovation Award in 2010.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The product uses recycled plastics instead of virgin plastic material, thus reducing plastic waste and further lowering carbon emissions. SIMTech assisted Winrigo to conduct a comparative carbon footprint assessment to verify the eco-friendliness of the material, R3Plas™. R3Plas™ is able to reduce carbon emission by 30% compared to virgin plastics without increasing in cost.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Winrigo has developed a Life Cycle Assessment toolkit with SIMTech, which looks at energy consumption and carbon footprint of its processes and products.

Materials and Waste

12. Does the product or service help to reduce, reuse or recycle waste?

L’earth’s forks are made using plant by-product like wheat. Rather than disposing them as waste, they are put to better use by combining them with recycled plastic.

13. Is the product made from reclaimed or recycled material?

The product is made with recycled plastics and organic plant by-product fibers from wheat.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

Winrigo is a signatory to the Singapore Packaging Agreement. This means that the one of the company’s aims has to be reducing packaging waste arising from consumer products.

Chemicals and Health

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The company has has conducted 3rd-party tests to ensure that its products are free of most heavy metals and VOCs.

Social and Ethical

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

L’earth is always seeking collaboration and environmental projects, and has partnered with Winrigo as sponsors for youth-initiated projects, World Leadership Conference 2011, Earth Day 2011 and Indian Community 2012.

“The fork itself was easy to use like any other forks we have at home. I did not make it go through a steam-test or anything too extreme, but the fork did not melt or anything when put in contact with hot noodles. It felt quite sturdy as well and was not flimsy. I even had fun bending the handle to a curve shape- it did not break like the plastic ones would have. It is a good alternative to plastic forks if you think about reducing environmental impacts. I suppose I can keep on re-using the fork a few more times before deciding to dispose them off.”

Nor Lastrina Hamid

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Spatula Deluxe Curved by ScanWood

Brand: ScanWood

Attributes: FSC Certified

Description: ScanWood’s Spatula Deluxe Curved is made from sustainable olive wood, is durable, and has natural anti-microbial properties.

The spatula is 30cm long, weighs about 600g, and has a wide, flat end making it easy to turn food, and does not scratch your non-stick pan.

ScanWood produces wooden kitchenware, and all their wood comes from sustainable and managed forests.

ScanWood’s products are distributed by Le Bono Collection in Singapore. You can buy from Le Bono directly or from its stockists.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 6 points in the following 2 criteria (updated on 21 Mar 2012):

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The product is made from wood, which is a renewable resource and helps to remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

Materials and Waste

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

The product is made from wood, which is biodegradable and acceptable for recycling.

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

ScanWood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and all their wood comes from sustainable and managed forests.

17. Is there conservation of the habitat or protection of the biodiversity where the product is grown?

ScanWood is FSC certified and FSC certification requires meeting criteria such as the reduction of environmental impact of logging activities, and the identification and appropriate management of areas that need special protection (e.g. cultural or sacred sites, habitat of endangered animals or plants).

18. Does the product or service have a sustainable material-related third party certification or label?

ScanWood is FSC certified.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The product is packaged minimally and the cardboard packaging is recyclable.

“I like the olive wood spatula as it is solid yet light, and does not scratch the pan when cooking. The only thing to take note is to leave the spatula in a dry area when not in used. I left it near the sink and the handle started getting slightly moldy.”

Eugene Tay

Stainless Steel Wipe by method

Brand: method

Attributes: Non-Toxic, No Animal Testing

Description: method’s Stainless Steel Wipe uses a non-abrasive formula that cleans and polishes stainless steel surfaces without streaking, and in fact leaves a protective layer. This wipe is scented with apple orchard.

Ingredients include alcohol ethoxylate, dimethicone emulsion, fragrance oil blend, preservative and purified water.

method is a leading innovator of premium healthy home and personal care products. Founded by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, method is transforming how we see cleaning with products that look and smell good, and made with non-toxin and natural ingredients.

You can buy from method’s online store or from selected retailers.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 16 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 15 Mar 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

method is a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps meet comprehensive, transparent standards and legally integrate stakeholder interests into their corporate governance.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

method integrates sustainability into the business.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

method uses the Cradle to Cradle principles to manage its environmental impacts.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

method has several sustainability initiatives.

Energy and Climate Change

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

method tracks all of the carbon it emit, including travel, utilities, manufacturing and distribution.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

method is carbon neutral in 100% of its manufacturing, office operations and employee commuting in travel.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

method is taking steps to start finding solutions in its product designs, across its business, and in its supply chain. method’s carbon strategy is to: Reduce first; Alternative energy second; and Offset all the rest.

Materials and Waste

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

The wipes are compostable.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The method greensourcing program monitors and audits its suppliers to find ways to reduce waste, and to use closed-loop manufacturing practices wherever possible.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

The method greensourcing program monitors and audits its suppliers to find ways to eliminate water use.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

method uses natural and naturally derived materials. If they can’t find a natural ingredient to get the job done, they will use a safe, green, man-made version instead. In all cases, they only use ingredients that have passed through a comprehensive green and health screen.

Every ingredient used in a method product is comprehensively evaluated by an independent environmental research institute, EPEA. As a result of this rigorous material research process, method is completely certain of the health and environmental safety of all method ingredients.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

method chooses not to use ingredients that could have potential hazards to human health and/or the environment, including parabens, phosphate, chlorine bleach, phthalates, triclosan, bisphenol-a, ethylene glycol ethers, formaldehyde, and ammonia.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

method integrates corporate responsibility into the business.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

method performs absolutely no animal testing on any of their products.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

method’s definition of sustainability includes fair labor practices and diversity.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

Every employee at method gets 3 days every year to give back to the local community, and they can choose to do whatever they want.

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