One visit to the Hawaiian islands will enlighten you on the sustainable behaviors taking place on the islands. Compared to other parts of the world, Hawaii is doing a remarkable job of infusing these sustainable habits into daily life. From compostable containers to recycled goods to local farm-grown foods, sustainability has been deeply ingrained into Hawaiian culture for quite some time now.
Those that find themselves on these sacred lands, whether as a resident or a visitor, have a duty to continue living sustainably and doing their part to keep the islands beautiful. Read below for some tips on how to live a sustainable lifestyle in Hawaii.
Use Biodegradable Products
As you eat out at restaurants in Hawaii, you’ll quickly realize that to-go containers, silverware and other items are environmentally-friendly. As you search for household items or pick stuff up on the go, it is crucial that you stick to this pattern modeled by businesses and only invest in biodegradable products. This will enable you to continue the pattern of composting or recycling the item. Rather than reaching for plastic water bottles or plastic bags in the store, keep your eye out for more sustainable products. Shopping from local sources will give you a better chance of leaving with biodegradable or compostable substances.
Water conservation is a big deal in Hawaii. Although the islands are supplied with water now, there are various regions that have had to live below their means in terms of water usage. This has sparked some debate in how it relates to tourism. With the large number of tourists that arrive on the islands and pay no concern to how much water they are using, it has only put more of a burden on the locals. The Hawaiian government has implemented some guidelines for residents, even banning non-essential use of water for certain residents in Maui who are running low in their area. However, the hotels are held to no such standard, even though their guests that come and go are using substantial amounts. Tourists can do their part by lessening their water usage, while permanent residents have more long-term options such as installing devices or systems meant to conserve water.
Support Local Businesses
In contrast to the commercial retailers found throughout the islands, many local businesses sell products made from natural substances or recycled materials. For instance, take one stroll through Paia town in Maui, and you’ll come to find many of these sustainable small businesses, one making honey and household beeswax products from bee farms nearby. The more intentional you are about where you buy from, the more chances you’ll have of seeing a sustainable future and supporting the environment, not to mention supporting the locals who dedicate their lives to providing these environmentally-friendly products.