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Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 11: 27 am
Press Release: Ecostore

Marine equipment specialist Fosters Chandlery has won a
Sustainability Award for their new harbourside ecostore
marine refill station available at their recently opened
retail store in Westhaven Marine Village,
Auckland.Like ecostore, Fosters
Chandlery, owned by the Harken company, is focused on the
future of our environment and proud to be offering the first
in-store refillery of ecostore’s Boat Wash product to
customers.Established last year, Westhaven Marina’s
‘Best Sustainable Action of the Year’ award recognises
boaties and businesses who are leading by example to protect
Tāmaki Makaurau’s coastlines.Pablo Kraus, group
CEO of ecostore, says, “This is a great example of a
business leading the way amongst Westhaven Marina users.
Robbie Young from Harken pushed the ecostore refill project
to fruition from the start, he had the vision to bring it to
life in the new Fosters Chandlery store, so it’s great to
see it rewarded.“Within the marine industry,
there's an increasing awareness of the health of our oceans
and a growing movement to minimise the ecological impacts of
onboard activity,” Kraus adds. “We're proud to support
this movement by supplying environmentally responsible
products to recreational marine, superyachts and cruise
ships.”Ecostore’s new Boat Wash is specifically
formulated to remove salt and grime from all hard and soft
surfaces – including fibreglass, vinyl, plastic, metal,
wood, rubber, glass and all painted and polished
surfaces.

The concentrated formula is economical to
use and space-efficient to store, with 5 litres making 200
litres of Boat Wash. It’s gentle on sensitive skin, and
the plant and mineral-based formulation rapidly biodegrades
in marine environments, making it safer for the crew, and
safer for our oceans.Ecostore has also partnered with
Live Ocean, a marine conservation charity founded by sailors
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, donating one dollar from every
litre of boat wash sold helps support their Live Ocean
Foundation in the work it does protecting our
oceans.Ecostore also actively supports Yacht Club
Youth Programmes to educate and encourage future generations
to appreciate and protect our ocean environments. Harken
Fosters is also an extensive sponsor of youth sailing in New
Zealand.About Harkens FostersFosters
Chandlery has been in the business of selling marine
equipment to the boating industry for over 114 years. From
their original iconic location on Fanshawe Street to their
new home in Westhaven Marina, the Fosters name has been
renowned throughout New Zealand for the supply of high-tech
equipment to builders of super and racing yachts through to
owners of classic yachts, cruising boats and
dinghies.As well as being a retail store, the
Westhaven location is also a technical service centre where
the highly experienced Fosters team can recommend, specify
and service their extensive product range representing some
of the world’s leading marine manufacturers.Harken
Fosters is owned by Harken NZ Ltd and distributes Harken
products throughout NZ. They stock well-known brands such as
Marlow, Crewsaver, Tylaska, clothing brands Musto and Zhik
as well as a range of traditional products such as Oakum,
copper nails and roves, brass wood screws, silicon bronze
fastenings and brass rubbing strips.About
EcostoreEcostore is the leading environmental
and sustainable brand in New Zealand, focused on Home, Body
and Baby. In 1993 Malcolm and Melanie Rands started ecostore
in a small New Zealand ecovillage. They were on a mission to
help families care for their homes, their health and the
world. Wanting to support this mission but also build on it,
the Kraus family initially became involved with ecostore in
2003, with the ownership passing to this Kiwi family in
2015. The company is now led by managing director Pablo
Kraus, and the values and ethics of the company are still
ecostore’s highest priority. This care goes into every
home, body and baby product, because ecostore believes it
should be easy for you to create a safer home, a healthier
world and a better tomorrow.Ecostore is an exemplar
of how a business can take transformative action to rethink
how they use plastics and inspire systemwide change. To
enable people to reduce their use of nonrenewable
singleuse plastics, ecostore: Shifted from
fossilbased plastic to plastic from a sustainable
resource – sugarcane
– which is fully recyclable.Incorporate
postconsumer recycled (PCR) plastic into their products
– currently they use 50% PCR plastic in dish powder
bottles and 10% PCR plastic in their two highest volume
products, laundry and dish liquid bottles, with plans to
increase this over time.Provide refill
stations to enable people to reuse bottles and have made
these easier to access for more people by increasing the
number of stations and expanding from green stores to
mainstream supermarkets.Introduced a closedloop
packaging return
program to take responsibility for their products at
endoflife. This creates highquality recycling
streams, which helps keep the resource in
circulation.Reduced the amount of plastic they use
in bottles by 1518% for a number of their high-volume
products, therefore reducing the overall use of plastic for
the same product and purchasing practices.Launched
an innovative new cleaning
concentrate to help reduce New Zealand’s plastic
footprint. Packed in tiny, child-safe glass bottles, the 10x
concentrated and powerful formula can be combined with tap
water in reusable spray bottles, minimising the packaging
and transport of containers that are mostly filled with
water. The move will remove 97,000 plastic bottles a year
and save 6.45 tonnes of plastic waste a
year.

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