Every little bit helps; whether its a small action or something bigger.

ecostore wants to help you do your bit to keep Australia clean and green this World Environment Day.

With the official focus of World Environment Day, held on June 5th, Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat Climate Change, Malcolm Rands, leader and founder of New Zealands leading eco-brand ecostore, has a selection of top tips to help you stay eco friendly.

Smart Packaging
Purchase items with the least amount of packaging and recycle everything you can as this will assist in reducing your CO2 emissions. Ecostore products use recyclable plastic in addition to offering refill options or bulk sizes options.

Clean Up Your Act
Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents such as ecostores laundry powder as ninety percent of the energy used by washing machines is in water heating.

Re-use, Recycle, Renew
The use of grey water in the garden is a sustainable way to keep plants hydrated. There has been some controversy regarding the harmful effect of grey water on soil. However, a recent CHOICE survey compared numerous Australian laundry products and determined that ecostore laundry products, with NO petrochemicals or harmful toxins in its chemistry, is one of the better options for your garden. To be classified as safe for the garden, grey water needs to have no more than 20grams of sodium per 150 Litre wash cycle and ecostore has approximately 13 grams per wash. As simple as placing a bucket at the back of the machine to collect the used water, and depositing on the garden, can go a long way to minimising your households water consumption.

Buy Local Fresh Fruit And Vegetables In Season
Australia is blessed to have a range of delicious local products available. Buying local can assist in reducing greenhouse gases which are emitted when energy is used to transport, process and package foods.

Warming Up
Reduce your electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions by insulating your home. Although professional insulation can be quite expensive, it will save you money in the long term as it can cut your heating and cooling bills in half and also adds to the resale value of your property. Many insulation materials are recycled from paper, plastic drink bottles and glass.

Bright Idea
The simplest way to make a difference is to install compact fluorescent light bulbs. Using 75 per cent less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb, fluros will save you money through energy consumption and the extended life of the bulb while reducing emissions at the same time.

Out and About
Driving a hybrid car is a great way to cut down petrol emissions and nasty pollutants. Because these cars are better for the environment, they are the vehicle of choice for celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez.

Lights out!
Switch off the lights when youre not in the room. Its a simple but effective practice that saves money and reduces emissions by a staggering amount. Using candles are also a nice, ambient way to light a room.

About ecostore
Founded in 1993 in New Zealand by Malcolm and Melanie Rands, ecostore proudly creates products that arent just good for the planet, but are good for you. The ecostore vision is simple: to restore the health and wellbeing of the planet by making it easier for people to be green. All ecostore products are manufactured in its production facility, Ecotech Solutions, which is the first New Zealand producer of cleaning and personal care products to attain Enviro-Mark NZ™ Platinum certification.