Honolulu’s Local Shops Celebrating Earth Day and Sustainable Shopping
As islands rooted in history, culture, community, and ‘Aloha 'Āina’ (‘love of the land’), there is no doubt Hawai‘i is passionate about sustainability and supporting local. With April 22 and Earth Day around the corner, everyone is looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, and these stores offer the perfect opportunities. Say goodbye to the guilt with these sustainable Honolulu shops.
Pualani Soap Hawai‘i
Handmade with the loving spirit of ‘Aloha,’ Pualani Soap Hawai‘i crafts pure and natural soap and skin care products using native ingredients like Hawaiian kukui nut oil, organic Hawaiian honey, and deep ocean salt from the Big Island. Find Pualani Soap products online or at their Honolulu retailers Lawson Station, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site Gift Shop, and Martin & MacArthur.
The cold-pressed juice shop in the Ala Moana Center is offering a special promo this Earth Day. Simply bring in two plastic bottles to be recycled and get a free Greens 2 juice. The tasty juice blend of green spinach and kale, hydrating cucumber, apple, lemon, and other leafy veggies features a limited edition Earth Month label supporting Kiss the Ground, an organization advocating the regenerative agriculture movement. Find Pressed on Street Level 1 in the Ewa Wing.
Protea Zero Waste
Although located 10 miles away from Honolulu in Kailua, we would be remiss to exclude Hawai‘i's first zero waste refill store from our list! Protea Zero Waste allows you to bring in your own containers and refill on things like cleaners, essential oils, and personal health supplies, plus they also have sustainably made items like ethical cosmetics, coconut bowls, candles, and tote bags.
Local Specialty Food Items
Anytime you can reduce your amount of ‘food miles’ is a win! There are plenty of artisanal goodies you can find in the shops around Honolulu, from local honey from Big Island Bees or the Rare Hawaiian Honey Company to rich, fragrant Kona coffee, coconut syrup, or macadamia nut peanut butter from North Shore Goodies.
Keep It Simple
The eco-conscious store supplies a number of refillable zero waste products, as well as vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and reef-safe items with minimal packaging to save plastic waste from the environment. Keep It Simple supports local and small businesses whenever possible, with gifts like hats, household items, and keychains. Find them in Waikiki and Kaimuki.
Gaye Chan’s Hand-Woven Plastic Baskets
For years, local artist and activist Gaye Chan has been collecting plastic bale straps (strips of plastic usually found wrapped around boxes) from local businesses and creating beautiful hand-woven baskets. Her chic, utilitarian creations have been available at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum Gallery Shop in the past, but it's best to check Chan’s Instagram account to see where they will pop up next.
Bailey’s Antiques & Aloha Shirts
Buying second-hand clothing is much more sustainable than new clothing in that it utilizes no additional resources (beyond transportation). Bailey’s Antiques & Aloha Shirts has over thousands of used aloha shirts to choose from, and a wide array of quirky vintage items and Americana and Hawaiiana collectibles to boot.
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