Sustainability Award Win for First-Ever Ecostore ‘Boat Wash’ Refillery

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.

“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," said Pablo Kraus, group CEO of ecostore.

“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 added. “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.