Anne-Marie Bonneau, also known as the Zero Waste Chef, once wrote, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” I resonate with this statement and use it as my personal mantra as I continue my ever-evolving zero waste journey. I have always strived to be good to the planet, whether it was recycling or finding natural, organic products for my home and body. Living in Portland, Oregon prior to Maui, gave me great exposure to eco-conscious ideals.
When I moved to Maui six years ago I, like most people, fell in love with the beautiful beaches and ocean. It wasn’t long until I started to notice little bits of plastic in the sand everywhere I went. It really disturbed me that a place this gorgeous would be so littered with it. I started to research the effects of plastic on our oceans and the more I looked into it the more it saddened and motivated me. Did you know that scientists believe that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish? That’s only one generation away!
Around this time, I learned about a monthly subscription box service that sends you useful, eco-conscious products. I would get so excited when I saw the little box in my mailbox! Once I realized that I could help save the planet by simply swapping what I already used, I was hooked. I scoured the internet for other ways that I could lessen my personal footprint and discovered that there was an entire #zerowastemovement! I was finding that there are zero waste stores all over Europe, the UK, and Canada where you can bring your own containers, not only for food but also for your everyday household and personal care products. How cool is that!
My obsession with everything zero waste was now in full swing! I started following various zero waste stores and my favorite eco-conscious products on Instagram. Although the zero waste movement had hit Hawaii, we didn’t have anything like it on Maui so… Zero Waste Hale was born! I now offer a mobile zero waste pop-up shop at Alive & Well, Moku Roots, and various farmer’s markets around the island where I provide a refill service, eco-conscious local products, and delivery subscription. I invite everyone to join the zero waste movement by making small changes in their buying habits and ditching the plastic!
Follow us on Instagram @zerowastehale for info and pop-up schedule.
Image Credit: Zero Waste Hale