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OUR STORY
NZ’s own Eco-Friendly Pioneers

The Earthwise story began more than 50 years ago, long before many had considered the environmental impact of chemical-based consumer products.  Earthwise founder and eco-friendly pioneer, Tom Robinson created his first plant-based product in his garden shed in Orini, a small town in Waikato in 1967.

Perfected over decades; Earthwise is now one of New Zealand’s most trusted natural brands, helping clean up life’s little (and not so little) messes.  Tom’s values still hold true, offering families gentle, natural alternatives that don’t cost the earth.  Our products are still hand blended too, just on a much larger scale.

Our Founder
Tom Robinson

Back in the 1960’s, Tom set out to create products that were better for people and kinder to our world. Tom had an appreciation for the simple, more natural things in life. From growing up with a grandmother skilled in the finer arts of essential oils and natural remedies, he set up a business creating plant-based fertilisers. Despite it being a time when Kiwis were actively embracing chemical-laden imported products with little awareness of their potential harm, people slowly began to see the benefits of organic, natural alternatives and demand grew; soon Tom had added household and farm cleaners, personal care products and animal health products to his range.

It was a family affair as Tom and his sons meticulously formulated and tested their products, putting an artisan’s care into each and every one of their creations. One of Tom’s sons is still a shareholder and very much involved in the blending and packaging of Earthwise products today.

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    Earthwise was founded

    Earthwise was founded by Tom Robinson – a kiwi eco-friendly pioneer – in his Waikato garden shed in Orini, Waikato. Tom set out to create products that were better for people and kinder to our world.
  • Steady Growth

    The business steadily grew largely through word of mouth as consumers demand for natural products increased. Essential oils were often custom made, environmentally friendly cleaning products were adopted by businesses and schools. At this point in time, health shops were a key retailer.
  • Earthwise Group Purchased

    Earthwise Group was purchased by the Peters family and is still proudly New Zealand owned and operated. Tom’s son Jeremy still works as one of our lead ingredient blenders at Earthwise, continuing Tom’s legacy.
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    Enters Grocery Market

    Earthwise moves from cottage industry retail shops into mainstream grocery retailers with our plant-based laundry liquids, shortly followed by multi-surface cleaners and dishwash liquids. Earthwise quickly became one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands. Over the next 12 months, 40 cleaning and haircare products were launched to market.
  • Deloitte Fast 50 Award

    Earthwise becomes the first New Zealand manufacturer to be awarded the Deloitte Fast 50 Award, recognising Earthwise as one of New Zealand’s fastest growing companies. “Our focus and commitment to Tom’s original vision paid off with a huge reward”, Jamie Peters, Managing Director.
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    Earthwise Nourish Relaunch

    Earthwise Nourish natural personal care range was re-launched with a new contemporary look and product range.
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    Canstar Blue Award

    Earthwise wins the Canstar Blue Award for Laundry Liquid (customer satisfaction research by independent body Colmar Brunton) confirms Earthwise as one of New Zealand’s most loved and trusted brands.
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    Our Plastic Pledge

    Earthwise pledges to support the New Zealand Plastic Packaging Declaration and the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Beyond this, Earthwise committed to having 100 percent of our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 or earlier. Earthwise household cleaning bottles made from 75% recycled materials, sourced from milk, juice and water start appearing on supermarket shelves.
  • Today, Earthwise has three brands, operates in over eight grocery categories and is sold globally in over 5,000 stores across Australia, Asia, USA, Europe and New Zealand. Earthwise expands production capacity with new technology and a state of the art factory. Earthwise is proud to be the number one natural environmentally friendly cleaning brand in New Zealand.
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    WINS SILVER PIDA PACKAGING AWARD

    Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Sustainable Packaging (Retail Pack) category for our 75% recycled plastic bottles made from milk, water and juice bottles!
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    VOTED NZ’s 3RD MOST LOVED BRAND

    Earthwise is voted #1 NZ brand committed to reducing its environmental impact and the third most loved NZ brand by The Kiwi Reputation Index. This is a testament to our social responsibility and shows Earthwise is one of New Zealand’s most trusted and loved brands. Source: Opinion Compare, The Kiwi Reputation Index
  • Where to from here?

    "The goal is for Earthwise is to become a true environmental household name, both in New Zealand and globally, while remaining true to its core values of providing naturally effective, safe products that don’t cost the earth” Jamie Peters, Managing Director.

OUR VALUES
CARING FOR YOUR WORLD

All our Earthwise products are proudly New Zealand made

We work with high quality, naturally derived, plant-based ingredients

We make products that are safe for your family and the planet

We are leaders in environmental sustainability 

Our products are naturally effective and don’t cost the earth

We are driven by discovery and innovation

MEET OUR TEAM

Managing Director
Jamie Peters

Jamie was immersed in the grocery industry from a young age. “As a child, I remember being fascinated walking around Dad’s food manufacturing facility and I’d help to merchandise the shelves in my school holidays.”

With a passion for sales, marketing and the fast-paced nature of the FMCG industry, Jamie quickly found himself working in the health and wellness industry developing ‘better for you’ products. Since the Peters family purchased Earthwise, Jamie’s vast knowledge of the business and his kiwi ‘get stuck in’ approach has been instrumental in the growth of the Earthwise brand.

A proud Kiwi, Jamie Peters grew up in Auckland where now he lives with his wife and young family.

Lead Chemist
Dr Gillian Worth

Dr Gillian Worth has a PhD in Chemistry and over 16 years’ experience as an Environmental Scientist, playing a critical role at Earthwise researching and developing products from scratch. “I carefully select cost effective plant-based ingredients. We consider their impact on the environment and their safety before they come under consideration at Earthwise.”

Gillian lives and breathes an eco-lifestyle, owning an electric car and using public transport whenever possible. She reuses waste wherever possible and is an avid recycler. Gillian collects and reuses takeaway coffee cups to grow native seedlings for the re-planting of empty urban areas and uses her grey water to keep her plants watered.

Lead Blender
Jeremy Robinson

Jeremy is the son of our founder, Tom Robinson. Today he is very much involved in the production of Earthwise products, as a lead ingredient blender.  Jeremy’s journey began over 40 years ago, helping his father blend products in their factory.  Jeremy has fond memories as a child helping with the family business, going on truck rides with his Brother Kayol and Father Tom to make fertiliser home deliveries, and hand-filling laundry liquid on the bottling line.  After being a commercial fisherman in his late teens, Jeremy returned to the business in his early 20’s to once again work alongside his Father, as a full-time blender.

When Jeremy’s not at work, he’s spending time with his lovely wife and three children.  Jeremy is a kiwi bloke a heart, loves fishing, travelling, trekking in the native bush, and last but not least, rugby.

NATURALLY EFFECTIVE

We are committed to creating products that are effective but gentle for you, your family and the environment. We take great care to choose plant-based components that are tough on dirt and germs but safe for use in grey water and septic tank systems. And of course, all our products are biodegradable, breaking down over time to carbon dioxide and water.

Effective. Naturally.

NO NO NO

  • No Silicones
  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No Mineral Oils
  • No Harsh Chemicals
  • No Animal Testing

EFFECTIVE

  • Cruelty Free
  • Fragrance free laundry powder and liquid options
  • Sensitive Choice certification
  • Plant powered surfactants & essential oils – carefully selected for their natural antiseptic, antifungal, disinfectant properties.
  • Proven performance – toilet, bathroom, multi surface sprays and disinfectant products proven to kill 99.9% of germs.
  • Click here to read our Plant Powered Ingredient blog

WHY PLANT-BASED INGREDIENTS

Plant-based ingredients are natural in origin and environmentally sustainable. Our ingredients are carefully selected to be gentle for you and your family, as well as the environment. At Earthwise, we want to make a lasting impression in your home, not on the environment.

PARABEN FREE

Parabens are commonly used as a synthetic preservative to maintain the stability of products such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, however they can cause allergies like dermatitis and rosacea.

That’s why we choose not to use parabens in our products, instead sourcing the safest preservatives and using them at levels that are gentle for you and our environment.

PHOSPHATE FREE

When phosphates and other phosphorous containing chemicals get flushed into our local water systems, they diminish the purity of water and encourage accelerated algae growth. This strips the oxygen from the water causing harm to fish and insects.

We don’t use phosphates and other phosphorous containing chemicals at Earthwise to do our bit for a cleaner, greener environment.

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) FREE

Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS or often supplied as SCS) and Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) are used commonly for their cleaning properties.

At Earthwise, we recognise that SLS can cause skin irritation and therefore, minimise the use of SLS in our products. Instead, we prefer using reputably sourced SLES manufactured from plant sources, combined with milder ingredients with cleaning properties to ensure our products are effective and gentle.

PALM OIL

We use RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified, deforestation-free palm oil as it’s the most efficient use of land for plant oil production of any of the plant oils.

The RSPO certification is backed by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) for sustainably sourced palm oil.

We are continually reviewing ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

Please feel free to read more about the RSPO here: https://rspo.org/

PETROCHEMICALS

Petrochemical based ingredients are manufactured from crude oil and gas and are typically found in mainstream household cleaning products.

Due to the unsustainable sourcing and environmental hazards caused by the petroleum industry, we avoid using these ingredients wherever possible and continually seek more sustainably produced ingredients that minimise the use of petrochemical carbon.

MSDS

The MSDS (material data safety sheet) for all our products are available by emailing us at admin@earthwise.co.nz.

INGREDIENTS
PLANT-POWERED

Aloe Vera

This clever plant has anti-bacterial, soothing and softening properties, which makes it a star ingredient across our Laundry and Dishwash Liquid ranges.  Absorbing fast and protecting the skin from drying, leaving hands soft without a greasy residue.  It’s softening properties also help to keep clothes snuggly and reduce creasing, making them easier to iron.

Found in: Earthwise’s Fabric Softener Papaya & Aloe Vera, Dish Liquid Rosehip & Aloe Vera, Dish Liquid Elderberry & Aloe Vera, Dish Liquid Lemon & Aloe Vera, Cream Scourer Lemon & Aloe Vera.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter, extracted from the nut of a Shea Tree, is super hydrating. Used for its moisturising properties across our Earthwise Nourish body and haircare range, Shea Butter is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich, making it an all-rounder for all skin types.

Found in: Earthwise Nourish Body Wash Indulge Coconut, Shea Butter, & Manuka Honey, Nourish Hair Mask.

Goats Milk

A natural superstar for delicate newborn skin, Goats Milk acts as a natural moisturiser soothing dry itchy skin, without stripping the skin of essential oils.  Goats Milk is also packed full of beneficial nutrients that absorb easily into baby’s skin and is gentler and less allergenic than commercial soaps. Earthwise baby care range is enriched with the goodness Goats Milk.

Found in: Earthwise Nourish Baby Body Wash, Baby Shampoo and Baby Soap.

Betaine

Betaine, a natural extract from sugar beet, quenches and softens skin.  Betaine also increases the moisture levels in hair, leaving hair healthier and stronger, naturally.

Found in: Earthwise Nourish Body Wash, Hand Wash, Haircare, and Baby Bubble Bath Jungle Fruits.

Manuka Honey

Native to New Zealand, Manuka Honey is one of the world’s greatest superfoods.  A unique healer, with antibacterial and antioxidant benefits, Manuka Honey also draws vital moisture into the skin with hydrating, moisturising and nourishing benefits.  Manuka honey also helps to balance your skin’s pH levels.

Found in: Earthwise Nourish Tahitian Lime & Sandalwood, Earthwise Nourish Body Wash Coconut Shea Butter & Manuka Honey.

Argan Oil

Argan Oil, extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan Argan Tree, is packed with Omega oils (essential fatty acids). This essential oil is ideal for everyday haircare and treatments, known to help improve the condition and manageability of hair.

Found in: Earthwise Nourish Revitalise Shampoo & Conditioner.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is commonly used to soothe and heal dry or damaged skin and add shine and softness to hair.  Naturally high in Vitamin E, Coconut Oil can also calm skin irritations and redness.

Found in: Earthwise Nourish products – Conditioners (Balance for Normal Hair, Protect for Coloured Hair, Revitalise for Dry Hair, Volumising for Fine Hair), Shampoo (Volumising for Fine Hair, Shampoo Protect for Coloured Hair), Coconut Shea Butter & Manuka Honey Body Wash, and Tahitian Lime & Sandalwood Hand Wash.

Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip Seed Oil is fast absorbing and deeply hydrating, it’s also packed with vitamins, including Vitamin E and A which help moisturise skin, making it an ideal ingredient for personal care products.

Found in: Earthwise Nourish Handwash Rosehip & Almond Oil, Body Wash Sweet Orange Cedarwood & Sage, Body Wash Rosehip & Almond Oil, Body Scrub.

Eucalyptus
Essential Oil

The beneficial properties of eucalyptus essential oils stem from the compound Ecualyptol, known for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial properties. A plant powered essential in eco-friendly household cleaning products – effective, naturally.

Found in: Oxygenated Whitener Lavender & Eucalyptus, Fabric Stain Remover Spray Lavender & Eucalyptus, Shower & Bathroom Cleaner Eucalyptus & Lemon, Multi Surface Cleaning Spray Citrus and Mint, Laundry Liquid Orange &  Eucalyptus, Window & Glass Cleaner Lemon, Toilet Cleaner Orange & Eucalyptus.

Lavender
Essential Oil

We harness this pretty, purple plant’s powerful benefits in our cleaning products. It is antimicrobial, which helps to control the bugs left in your washing machine and leaves clothes smelling fresh.  

Found in: Earthwise’s Laundry Liquid Lavender, Lavender Laundry Powder, Fabric Stain Remover Spray Lavender & EucalyptusOxygenated Whitener Lavender & Eucalyptus, Air Freshener.

OUR ACCREDITATIONS

Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ)

New Zealand’s Highest Independent Accreditation Eco Label
Initiated and endorsed by the New Zealand Government, Environmental Choice recognises genuine moves made by manufacturers to reduce the environmental impact of their products and provides a credible and independent guide for consumers who want to purchase products that are better for the environment.

  • A member of the Global Ecolabelling Network
  • Recognises manufacturers reducing environmental impact of products
  • Rigorous multi-criteria assessment
  • Independently assessed against stringent, world class criteria across a product life cycle
  • On-going compliance audits
  • Criteria written locally to address local environmental issues
  • Criteria updated regularly to encourage continuous improvement

Earthwise Certified Products
We are proud to partner with Environmental Choice to ensure our products meet their stringent independent criteria.  These certifications are your guarantee that our products are made with respect and care for our environment.

Earthwise has the largest range of household cleaning products that are environmentally certified:

  1. Laundry detergents (liquid & powder)
  2. Dishwasher detergents

For further reading, please click here to visit the Environmental Choice website.

The MSDS (material data safety sheet) for all our products are available by emailing us admin@earthwise.co.nz.

Dermatalogically Tested

We test our laundry liquids and Nourish personal care products using an independent overseas laboratory to ensure our products meet our standards, for low irritancy for sensitive skin, giving you peace for you and your family.

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