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Ecoman

The inspirational and captivating story of how ECOMAN an organic gardener and social entrepreneur took the business of green global.

‘Business as usual’ is not the answer; it might even be the problem... read more

By Malcolm Rands

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About the book

Do one small thing everyday… make a big difference.

Reduce: Reduce waste by not creating it. There are many things we don’t need and just clutter up our lives

Reuse: Save natural resources, protect the environment and save money

Reconsider: cheap is not always cheap. Buy things to last.

Respect: The world around you and the inherent value in nature.

Rethink: What is truly important to you? Things? Or relationships and experiences?

The story of how Malcolm Rands, an organic gardener and hippy from NZ's Northland region, built the pioneering global brand ecostore.

This inspirational memoir gives an insight into the mind of an entrepreneur, activist and true ‘superhero'. It's a fascinating story of humble beginnings, taking on the multinationals and their nasty chemicals, bucking the trend and setting a new standard of healthier living.

At latest count, there are more than 84,000 chemicals in existence for commercial use, with 1000 new ones being developed every year. The problem is that many of these chemicals have not been adequately tested for safety yet are used in the products we use in and around our homes every day.

Malcolm is more determined than ever to work toward restoring the health and wellbeing of Australia by making it easier for people to be green. This book includes his tips on how to green up your home and office and some timely lessons in sustainability.

For more about ecostore see ecostore.com.au

Do one small thing everyday… make a big difference.

Reduce: Reduce waste by not creating it. There are many things we don’t need and just clutter up our lives

Reuse: Save natural resources, protect the environment and save money

Reconsider: cheap is not always cheap. Buy things to last.

Respect: The world around you and the inherent value in nature.

Rethink: What is truly important to you? Things? Or relationships and experiences?

In the news

Healthier Laundry for Healthier Skin

"All the chemicals in washing powder are against the skin 24/7, whether in clothes, pillow-slips, sheets or towels.”

ecoman recently discussed healthy laundry choices in the Herald Sun...Read more

How big business can save the planet

It shouldn't be surprising that Malcolm Rands, founder of pioneering green products business ecostore, thinks stock markets are a threat to the planet.

What is surprising is that this sustainability obsessed, eco-village-dwelling former heavy metal rocker from New Zealand firmly believes big business is the best hope the planet has for survival.

But Mr Rands has spent most of his 59 years doing things differently…Read more
AAP, Yahoo Finance

Living the eco life

Malcolm's story was featured on NZ TV recently. Come and take a look around the eco village in New Zealand, meet some of his neighbours including a very curious lamb and find out from Malcolm and his wife Melanie about some of the ideas that led to the start of ecostore.
TV3, Campell LIVE

ecoman playing his favourites on national radio

Did you know Malcolm used to be in a rock band? It makes for an interesting choice of music when he's given the chance to play some of his favourites with the wonderful Kim Hill on NZ's National Radio – have a listen here (MP3)
National Radio, Kim Hill

Malcolm Rands, AKA Ecoman, talks to Brian Kelly

Malcolm Rands - Entrepreneur, Activist, Artist and Kiwi Superhero, Aka Ecoman has written a book about his life. He talks to Brian Kelly about it.
Coast Radio, Brian Kelly

Reviews

Ecoman the untold story by his daughter Ahi Rands.

Early reviews of ECOMAN are looking good…

"Before starting the review of Ecoman by Malcolm Rands, I was expecting it to be a slog; a tedious, hair-shirted, finger-wagging tale of me being told off for existing. Well, delightedly, it was breeze. This 256 page part autobiography, part business and life philosophy, part questioning of modern commercial practice, is just that… He has convinced me to be more concerned for myself and for the wider environment around what cleaning and bodycare products I use. Rands has written an interesting, thought-provoking book, and it is published by a reputable company in Random House. In a world where publishing anything in hardcopy is increasingly seen as a risk, it obviously also sees merit, and a dollar, in putting his ideas out there ".
– Peter Kerr

“A story that is as much about the changing face of sustainability as a personal memoir of an entrepreneurial family with a strong heart. Readers will take inspiration from the fighting spirit of the Rands', who successfully battled the status quo in New Zealand and abroad for a business they believed in.”
– Australian Woman’s Weekly

“The book, Ecoman, catalogues an adventurous childhood and the search-for-meaning years of young adulthood that will be familiar to many.It also recounts the trials that a small business faces and how, from those experiences, Mr Rands came to what he calls 'a new model for capitalism': cause-related business.”
– Yahoo Business

"This book will change the way you think about business equally as much as it will change the way you think about the nasties you flush down the sink"
– Mark Godenho

Have just read from cover to cover will def be a worn book on the bookshelf.
– Lyds Harvey

About the Author

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Malcolm Rands, whose personal and business stories are told in Ecoman, is the founder and CEO of ecostore, New Zealand's leading manufacturer and retailer of plant-based household cleaning, body care and baby care products that are healthier for people and the environment with no nasty chemicals.

After travelling and working as a radiographer in Australia, the USA and the UK, Malcolm returned to New Zealand and a career in the community arts. A combined interest in fostering communities and green activism led Malcolm and friends to establish an eco-village in Northland. From there, Malcolm and wife Melanie started ecostore in 1993. A move to Auckland to set up an iconic store in Auckland's Freemans Bay led to further growth and the creation of a state of the art ISO14001, carboNZero certified manufacturing facility with world renowned scientist Sir Ray Avery leading their product development. It is a new business model where a commercial business supports a not-for-profit business, the Fairground Foundation.

For two years Malcolm appeared on TVNZ's Good Morning Show as ‘Ecoman', giving advice on how to ‘green up' your life. As well as an astute businessman, Malcolm is still a keen organic gardener. He lives between Auckland and his permaculture eco-village in Northland.

Follow Malcolm's blog at blog.ecostore.co.nz.
For more on ecostore, see www.ecostore.com.au.