Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. When you live or visit here, you find yourself feeling increasingly connected to the environment and the role we each play in protecting it.
As homeowners and business owners, we see it as our responsibility to learn, share, and ensure we’re making an earth-conscious effort to do our part!
Inspired by our recent Guest Spotlight with Elana and Aaron, we’re sharing a few ways Maui Beachside does exactly that!
Let’s start with the remodel…
The MB1 & MB2 Remodel
When we purchased and remodeled our two Maui Beachside homes, we donated and Craigslisted as much as we could. From the cabinetry to the fixtures to the furniture and more.
It was certainly more work to do this, but I felt so much better knowing these items weren’t just going to waste and filling up landfills.
We also quickly learned that it’s challenging, expensive, and time-consuming to get large items shipped to Maui. By providing existing, Kihei-located items to other families, we were able to help offset that burden.
When sourcing most of the new items that went into each of the condos, we tried to shop locally as best as we could. But unfortunately, most of it did require shipping to Maui.
However, we were able to make earth-conscious decisions in other aspects of the remodel and construction as well.
Some of the decisions we made may just seem awesome on the surface, but we were encouraged to know they were actually good for the environment, too!
A few of those choices were:
Filtered water at the sink and in the refrigerator.
Like most tap water when traveling, Maui’s won’t taste the same as yours back home. Many people avoid drinking tap water entirely but end up reverting to drinking bottled water. To help our guests avoid needing to purchase cases of plastic water bottles that will only later end up in the ocean, we wanted accessible fresh, filtered water for your use! Use a steel, glass, or reusable plastic water bottle, fill it up at the sink or the fridge, and you’re good to go!
Heated towel bars
We installed heated towel bars in each of the bathrooms so that towels, swimsuits, and rash guards could dry quickly and be reused. This helps to cut down on the amount of laundry and therefore – water, soap, and energy use. We do also provide drying racks for clothing, but since Maui can be so humid, items don’t always dry very quickly when hanging that way.
LED Light Bulbs, Etc.
We try to use LED bulbs throughout our homes, as well as environmentally-friendly and unscented cleaning products. Additionally, we keep reusable grocery bags on-hand for your use (Maui groceries don’t provide plastic bags). Every little bit makes a difference!
The Royal Mauian
Maui Beachside 1, located inside of Kihei’s Royal Mauian resort, has also made earth-conscious decisions that are aligned with our own values.
For example, they installed new rooftop solar panels that help cut down on the electricity needs of the building.
They can be viewed from the rooftop deck.
Sunscreen Tips and The State of Hawaii
The State of Hawaii is paving the way by being the first state to prohibit the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Check out this Reef Safe Sunscreen Guide. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2021.
This is great news for Hawaii’s fragile reefs and nearby ocean environments that have endured years of abuse and damaging pollution.
Here are some other things to consider when planning your sun protection:
- Avoid sunscreens containing petrolatum, commonly known as mineral oil, which takes years to biodegrade, and is known to be harmful or fatal to aquatic life and waterfowl.
- Avoid sunscreens with a high content of Titanium Dioxide. This mineral does not biodegrade and is found to react in warm seawater to form hydrogen peroxide, which is harmful to all sea life.
- Consider wearing SPF clothing and hats while in Maui and you will not need to use as much sunscreen.
- Stay out of the sun when it’s strongest, during the middle of the day.
A Few Ways You Can Help During Your Stay
If you’re looking to make earth-conscious changes yourself, here are just a few ways you can help while visiting Hawaii and beyond:
- Turn off all lights, A/C, devices when you’re not using them.
- Shop locally at farmer’s markets, craft fairs, natural markets (Hawaiian Moons), etc.
- Given the close proximity, excess carbon emissions can be avoided by negating the need for transport. Items also come with less packaging, which in turn means less waste!
- Always elect sustainable seafood options when grocery shopping or dining out by referring to a resource like Seafood Watch.
- Use reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, cutlery, a canvas tote, and reef-safe sunscreen.
- Choose vacation activities that are eco-conscious. Check out The Best of Maui (Our Big, Top 5 List!) to start!
Our small choices make a big impact and will allow you to enjoy and appreciate this slice of paradise that much more!
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