This month is Earth month! We're always excited to celebrate and honor the earth with our community. While we strive to take care of our Earth everyday, Earth Day provides us with an opportunity to get involved with the community - to come together, spread awareness, and work to preserve our local habitats.
Every year, Protea Zero Waste organizes different beach cleanups and community events to bring awareness to the plastic pollution problem facing our island, and our planet. Last year, in addition to a beach cleanup, we brought local small businesses together to educate and provide a place for community members to shop sustainably and support local.
One of our favorite Earth Day activities was creating a community art piece featuring microplastics that our customers and friends collected from beaches here in Kailua.
If you're feeling inspired by Earth day this year, we encourage you to get involved with local conservation efforts! We can all make a difference in our community. Here are a couple of Kaneohe & Kailua-based organizations that you can volunteer with and support during Earth month, and every month of the year:
Paepae o he'eia
Paepae o he'eia is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for He’eia Fishpond - an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He’eia, Oahu. Their mission is to perpetuate a foundation of cultural sustainability for local communities through education, restoration, and production. Visit paepaeoheeia.org to learn more and get involved.
Healthy Climate Communities
Healthy Climate Communities works in collaboration with Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), local schools and other community groups to restore the watershed for Hāmākua Marsh. 3,000+ native plants and trees have been planted and cared for in the marsh by community members. You can plan a field trip, volunteer, or donate via healthyclimatecommunites.org.
Thank you for refilling with us at Protea Zero Waste and helping to save over 15,000 plastic bottles from our landfills and oceans, so far! When you refill your home and personal care products, you get to reuse containers rather than throw them away. This helps to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we as a community create.