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Recycle, Upcycle - Making household waste rock!
As you'll know, we're big fans of anything that's gentle to our world and that includes recycling and reusing household items. We've spent some time skipping around the internet looking for some exciting, practical ways to upcycle household waste. Have a look at these beauties:
A better way with waste water
Water is one of our most precious resources and we use a phenomenal amount of it - clocking up around 150 litres each every day. The average Kiwi takes a seven-minute shower using between seven and 14 litres per minute. Even brushing your teeth for two minutes uses 56 litres of water if you leave the tap running! So why not look at how to reuse the water we do need to keep ourselves, our homes and our belongings clean and healthy?
Fight food waste
Every year Kiwi households send 12,547 tonnes of food to landfill, costing us a massive $872 million a year in food that's bought and thrown away uneaten. That's an average of 79kgs per household at a cost of $563 per year. And the environmental price paid is equally alarming. Most of us are keen to prevent harm to our environment, and food waste campaigners Love Food Hate Waste NZ have some great practical tips for making the most of our leftovers.
"I started using Earthwise products a few years ago, looking for products that were safe to use, with no harsh chemicals...I was so impressed with the laundry range that I began to try to Nourish Body range". Read Michelle's story here
Why choose Earthwise?
We love hearing feedback from the Earthwise community and wanted to share some of the amazing comments from over 200 customers who recently told us why they choose Earthwise. We're all from such different backgrounds, communities and cultures but there are some strong common themes that draw us together: Concern for the environment, love of our families, concern for wildlife and a preference for buying local. Being canny Kiwis, we also need to know that the products we buy will do the job they're supposed to!
50 years of Earthwise
We can't let this year draw completely to a close without celebrating a special milestone: Earthwise has been pioneering eco-friendly cleaning now for 50 years! While you may know that the Earthwise range is created for all the needs of your family, did you know that it has a family history of its own? From a small garden shed in Orini in the Waikato, Earthwise has always set out to create products that were better for people and kinder to our world.
Plant-power wipes out dirt and germs
Earthwise cleaning products get a consistently good rap from householders - this was backed up last month by NZ Consumer magazine and by Aussie consumer ratings and research companies CANSTAR and CHOICE last year. But have you ever wondered how plant-powered, environmentally gentle cleaners can be so tough on dirt and grime.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — Rot
We love recycling! The team at Earthwise often get asked about the environmental impact of our products so we thought that Recycling Week would be the perfect time to talk packaging. We had a chat with our resident environmental chemist, Gill Worth, to get her take on recycling, composting and biodegradable plastics.
Exercise your way to better lung health
One in six Kiwis live with an on-going respiratory condition, with 521,000 people regularly taking medication for asthma. All this month, the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation NZ has been running a campaign call Breathe Better September, to raise awareness around respiratory disease, its causes and the everyday ways that we can improve lung health. We asked Earthwise fans what steps they take to keep their lungs healthy.
Spring cleaning, you're dreaming!
There are so many ways to tackle spring cleaning: top to bottom; inside out; outside in; one end to the other, smallest room to the largest and even around in circles, but there are a few things that most Earthwise fans seem to agree upon...
Bath-time, fun-time - ANYTIME!
At the cranky end of the day or when there's time to kill, there's nothing better than bath-time fun for babies and toddlers. Splashy, bubbly, warm and frothy, it's great bonding for mums, dads and their bubs. At Earthwise, we are big on bath-time so we asked our Earthwise fans to let us know what favourite companion or toy is a 'must-grab' when the taps start running?
Winter washing: from woes to pros
Winter washing can be tricky without the sunshine to get things dry. We asked our Facebook fans for some of their winter washing tips so we thought we'd share them.
Earthwise Black Wash: How did we do?
That little black dress, our slimming black jeans and cozy black winter leggings - we just love black! But when the new dense colour starts to fade and is replaced by washed-out dark grey, it's disappointing and it seems to happen all too fast. Keeping our blacks black is as much a priority as getting our whites white for most of us.
Staycations: a winter holiday in the comfort of your own home
The winter school holidays are upon us. If you want to have a break without spending up big, why not consider a staycation or a holistay - taking a break much closer to home to enjoy some affordable time off. Here's some tips that we have received from our Facebook community.
How clean are your dishes?
When it comes to washing the dishes, there seems to be a divide between the rinsers and the non-rinsers of this world.American dish-washers invariably rinse their dishes, before AND after washing them. Those of British descent tend to save water by leaving their dishes to drip dry with the suds on. Which one are you...?
Who's your Fairy?
Who is the cleaning fairy in your house? We all want one - and it turns out that a lucky few of us, do actually have one - but for most, the only person sprinkling (or vacuuming up fairy dust is 'me, myself and I'! Last month, we asked our lovely Earthwise fans who the cleaning fairy was in their house. Almost 450 comments later, it seems that we can rely on our mums and sometimes on our partners - and our kids love to help as well - but guess who does the lion's share? Check out some of the great comments...
How to reduce your power usage this chilly season
Now that winter has arrived, it's time to start thinking about your power us and how you can reduce it. Although it's tempting to throw your clothes in the dryer, turn up your electric blanket, and leave the heater running in your bedroom, it's still possible to be cosy and reduce our power consumption in the process. Here are a few handy hints to help you out during this cold season.
Earthwise customers 'most satisfied'
We've got something exciting to tell you, drum-roll please...Earthwise has been named the winner of the Canstar Blue 2017 Award for Most Satisfied Customers in laundry liquid.
Top tips for line drying
When we asked Earthwise fans for their top tips on line drying, we unleashed a torrent of information: from wash-day lore handed down through the generations and washing avoidance tips to ways of side-stepping bugs, beasties and birds - it's also clear that a lot of us would do anything to get out of the ironing! Read more here of a selection of our favourites...
Creating the next generation of sustainable products
Developing planet-friendly new products can be like playing multiple games of chess all at the same time. Finding effective ingredients that are gently on the environment, at a price point that makes the end-product affordable for the supermarket shopper is quite a challenge. No-one understands this better than Gill Worth, Earthwise's product development chemist.
Changing seasons: how to protect your family from colds and flus
The temperature is starting to drop, and the wind and rain is starting to pick up as we move into the autumn season. It's not uncommon that a change in season can result in yourself or your family coming down with a cold or flu. Here at Earthwise, we have compiled some handy tips to keep your house germ free this autumn with our favourite Earthwise products.
Happy Hippos help play the day away
Wow! Our Earthwise fans are a creative bunch. When we asked how YOU can reuse the Earthwise Happy Hippo containers, we were amazed by the sheer number of different answers that we received. These ideas were way too good to keep to ourselves, so we thought we'd share them.
What's the story with goat's milk?
Goat's milk is most commonly associated with Cleopatra, the last active ruler of Egypt before the Roman conquest. Cleopatra styled herself as the goddess isis reincarnated and has a reputation far and wide for her unrivalled beauty - part of which she attributed to regular bathing in goat's milk. So, is there any science to back the claims about goat's milk.a
New Zealand-Made March
There's a great way of celebrating all the cool things made here in Aotearoa. New Zealand-made March is a campaign started in 2012 by Kiwi clothing company Kilt. Created to encourage New Zealanders to support home-grown products, the campaign calls Kiwis to buy as many New Zealand products in the month of March as possible.
Sustaining your summer essentials
Although summer is great for fun and laughter, it can also create a bit of a washing hangover with faded prints, sweaty armpits, sagging material, sunscreen marks and sand in unwanted places. We put together a few ways you can tame the monstrous pile of washing before it gets out of hand.
With summer comes extra-long days and warmer nights thanks to daylight savings. That extra daylight brings more than just extra sunshine - we all know how much more energised we feel when the skies are bright! With daylight savings ending on April 2, why not use the weeks we have left wisely? Here are some things that you could be doing to make the most of the extra hot hour and help you love that light...
Team Tips from Earthwise
The team at Earthwise often gets asked a range of questions about our products, so we thought we'd put together some of our top tips for living the Earthwise way!
Good change takes time
As recently as five years ago, environmentally-friendly products were still viewed as premium products - so Earthwise set about changing all that. In a recent radio interview, Rory Garvey talked about the company's drive to make it easier for Kiwis to bring about good change.
Caring for your world over the summer
At Earthwise, we don't set out to change the world but we do believe that every little bit helps. It's as simple as that...One drop, one lake. One leaf, one tree. Together, we can make the small changes that make a big difference. Here's a few suggestions on how you can care your your world as a consumer
Make preparing for visitors a breeze
The festive season is the time of year for family. Next thing to get your head around is preparing the house for visitors - eek! Whether it's parents, siblings or friends you want to make sure things are just so. Here's a handy checklist of some of the things you can do to make preparing for visitors simple and straightforward.
- Recycle, Upcycle - Making household waste rock!
- A better way with waste water
- Fight food waste
- Going Earthwise
- Why choose Earthwise?
- 50 years of Earthwise
- Plant-power wipes out dirt and germs
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — Rot
- Exercise your way to better lung health
- Spring cleaning, you're dreaming!