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Witch Hazel: 13 Skincare Uses & Benefits
All about the natural skincare product Witch Hazel, it's uses & benefits for your skin.
Zero Waste Heroes: Chelsea & Stephanie
If there's one thing we've learned here at Protea Zero Waste, it's that everyone has a different journey to a lower-waste lifestyle, and living more sustainably can look different for everyone. That's why we love to share these Zero Waste Hero features, so we can show off some of the awesome people in our community, and the ways in which they fit zero waste practices into their everyday lives!
Zero Waste Hero: Charnelle
Welcome back to our Zero Waste Hero series, where we feature one of our community members and the ways they incorporate zero waste practices into their daily lives. We truly believe that each of you are everyday heroes because: "We...
Environmental Documentaries Everyone Should Watch

With Earth Day just around the corner, we put together a short list of some of our favorite environmental documentaries that everyone should see!

Zero Waste Hero: Heather
Welcome back to our Zero Waste Heroes series, where we feature REAL people just like you and their transition to a lower-waste lifestyle. This month, we are so excited to feature Heather, also known as EcoMamaMade! Heather is a mother, a teacher,...
Zero Waste Heroes: Laura & Lance
Welcome to the first of many features about real-life, everyday Zero Waste HEROES! We're talking about real people just like you, who find ways to incorporate zero waste practices into their daily lives.
Read about Laura & Lance - the scuba divers, gardeners, and DIY-ers on a zero waste journey here on Oahu! 
No Refill Store? No Problem!
If you're someone who's on a journey to reduce their household waste, but doesn't live near a refill store, then this blog post is for you! Luckily, there are still a lot of great zero-waste options you can use to reduce your household waste without going to a refill store!
Sustainable Valentine's Day Gift Guide

On the Day of Love, don't forget to show our Mother Earth some love, too!

Here's a list of some of our favorite sustainable V-Day gift ideas, both from Protea and some of our other local favorites.

Plastic-Free Period
This blog post is for those of us humans who menstruate. If you've been on the fence about whether or not to make the switch to reusable menstrual cups and/or pads, we're about to get into the nitty gritty! Hopefully this blog post can provide a little insight.
13 Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday Season
It’s the season of giving, celebrating, and spending time with our loved ones. It’s also the season of shopping, wrapping, parties, and decorations. If you’re trying to live a lower waste lifestyle, you might be wondering how to make it through this holiday season without contributing to the most wasteful time of the year. Here are 13 of our favorite tips for a more sustainable holiday season.
DIY Natural Insect Repellant
Here on Oahu, the rainy season is picking up and the mosquitos are OUT. Here's a simple, DIY insect repellant with all natural ingredients and essential oils that's super easy to make at home!
Why Zero Waste? 10 Eye-opening Zero Waste Facts

In today's society, our lives are inundated with single-use plastics and convenience is the name of the game. To live a lower-waste lifestyle takes extra effort, and more time. So why do we do it? Here are 10 eye-opening facts about our planet and our waste as a species to help answer the question "Why Zero Waste?"

Plastic-Free July Recap
We just wrapped up Plastic-Free July, during which we ran a giveaway throughout the month of July and asked YOU to show us the zero waste changes you made during the month of July. You did not disappoint! Here are some of our favorite posts from last month, read on to get inspired:
10 Simple Ways to Help Save Our Oceans
Saving the ocean may seem like a daunting task, and we know that some people have more time and resources to dedicate to it than others, so we've compiled a list of 10 simple things that anyone can do to make a difference!
What is a Tiffin? Introducing the To-go Container you Didn't Know you Needed
A tiffin is a kind of lunch box that originated in India, and is also widely used throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. If you've never heard of this nifty food storage system before, you're in for a treat - and maybe a new way to store & carry your treats, too!
How & Why to Switch to a Dish Soap Bar

Washing the dishes is a daily ritual for most of us. Consequently, the dish soap that we use is a part if our daily lives. It gets onto our skin, and is even accidentally ingested from residue left behind on the dishes themselves. Learn about a zero-waste, healthy & safe dish soap option that might just be the perfect alternative for you.

8 Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

This Spring, we're all staying at home a lot more than usual. While we're practicing social distancing, there's no better time to spring clean (or should I say, quarantine clean) your home! Here's our comprehensive guide to eco-friendly cleaning, with 8 tips & tricks you may or may not have heard of before.

Simple Zero Waste Cleaning Swaps

Did you know that enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times? A large portion of that plastic waste is household waste, including plastic bottles for cleaning products and supplies. Reduce your household waste by making your own products at home, or refilling and reusing your bottles over and over again!

3 Reasons to Ditch the Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are a single-use product. They are usually made from thin polyester that's covered in fabric softener and fragrance chemicals. And unfortunately, the wispy polyester is not recyclable. Most brands of dryer sheets are not biodegradable or compostable. And, they can contain harmful chemicals. Here's what to use instead!
5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, let's show Mother Earth some love! The holiday can often come along with a lot of unnecessary plastic packaging, but we're here to show you how you can still celebrate the day of love in a sustainable way. Here are 5 tips for a more earth-loving V-day.

 

Zero Waste Swap of the Month: Reusable Bowl Covers & Wraps
When making the transition to a zero-waste lifestyle, an easy swap to make in your home is to replace plastic wrap and aluminum foil with reusable bowl covers and food wraps.