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21 Apr 2023
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Earth Day Edition: 5 Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Vacation

From unique geological features to the incredible variety of flora and fauna on and around the islands, Hawai’i offers some of the rarest and most incredible sights in the world. When it comes to visiting Hawai’i, however, one of the biggest challenges is preserving the unique ecology and pristine beauty of the islands for the future. So, in honor of Earth Day, here are 5 simple tips to help preserve the environment, not damage it, while on your Hawai’i vacation.

Tip 1: Choose Reusable Bottles

Trash that accumulates in Hawai’i typically stays on the island, including the common but problematic disposable water bottle. Avoid buying disposable water bottles from retail shops, as it's greener to bring your own. Since most vacation homes offer filtered water, consider bringing at least one reusable bottle per person on your vacation. And if you can, bring more than one for hiking or beach trips. 

Tip 2: Bring A Reusable Bag 

The State of Hawai'i has banned single-use plastic grocery bags, which means that you'll either need to bring your own bags or use paper bags from the stores. Reusable bags are not only convenient but a lot better for the environment, so be sure to have a couple of reusable grocery bags on hand. And for your hiking and beach-going supplies, opt for backpacks.

Tip 3: Use Reef-Safe Sun Protection

Did you know that many regular sunscreens are toxic to corals and can damage reefs? As such, Hawai’i was the first state to make it illegal to sell any sunscreen containing those coral-damaging ingredients in the state. If you plan to go swimming, snorkeling, or diving at any of Hawaii’s beautiful beaches, it’s important to make sure you’re only wearing reef-safe sunscreens. You can get reef-safe sunscreen in Hawai’i or purchase sunscreen that is octinoxate or oxybenzone-free before your trip. 

Tip 4: Pack It In, Pack It Out

When it comes to the natural environment, human activity can change the way ecosystems work and even harm the health of the local ecosystem. When we leave food or trash, or remove rocks or leaves, from natural environments, this can cause damage that may not recover for months, if ever. 

So, whether you’re visiting a beach, going hiking, or visiting a nature preserve, pack it in, pack it out. In practice, this means making a plan for everything you bring with you, bringing nothing back but photos, and leaving nothing but footprints. Consider bringing a trash bag that you can pack into your backpack, using reusable water bottles, and using a good camera or your phone to help remember the trip! 

Tip 5: Choose A Hawai’i Rental That’s Eco-Friendly

When you’re looking for a vacation rental, it’s important to choose a property that is eco-friendly and dedicated to taking care of the environment. To find an eco-friendly home, look for rentals that have solar panels to help produce at least some of the electricity you'll use on your trip. Your rental should also use Energy-star-rated appliances that are approved for being energy efficient.

It’s also a good idea to look for a property that uses low-flow rate faucets and faucet aerators, as well as low-flow showers and toilets. And consider booking a rental that uses locally-produced goods and furniture. Eco-friendly furniture, linens, and appliances go a long way in reducing the carbon footprint of your vacation, as does a property that hires locals.

Feel Good About Your Eco-Friendly Hawai’i Vacation – Book With Us

We understand how important Earth Day is and how important it is to reduce your individual carbon footprint even while on vacation. If you’re considering a Hawai’i vacation, we can help you do your part to malama ‘aina (care for the land), and that includes helping you find eco-friendly rentals, as well as helping protect the natural and cultural heritage of the islands. 

To learn more about our planet-friendly practices and how we protect the environment, contact us today!