The Non-GMO Project is constantly surprising us with fun, innovative ways to teach about the importance of Non-GMO labeling. See below for a fun free downloadable Coloring Book that might be more suited for an Adult Coloring Night with friends over Zoom.
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October is a special month this year as Down to Earth is celebrating the annual Non-GMO Month and Fair Trade month. These two labels can be found on many products on our shelves and we are proud to support brands that are certified Non-GMO or Fair Trade because it means supporting companies that are dedicated to what is pono for our communities, our environment, and our future.
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, the naturally-occurring chemical compound in cannabis plants, is now on our shelves! HB1819 was passed at the Hawaii State Legislature this year and Governor Ige signed it into law as Act 014 in August. This is great news for Hawaii because it is now legal for our farmers to apply to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to become licensed to grow, process, and sell hemp products. It also means Down to Earth can source the best hemp and CBD products and stock it for you!
Sustainable and regenerative food production is key for us at Down to Earth. We are proud to carry these brands that are doing amazing things for the world and for future generations. Like these brands, Sustainability is one of Down to Earth's core values since we first started on Maui back in 1977. One of the most impactful ways to be sustainable is to increase your consumption of plant-based meals or to practice a plant-based lifestyle like us. Did you know that Down to Earth has been plant-based since Day 1!
A Down to Earth team member at our Honolulu (King Street) location tested positive for COVID-19 on September 5th. This team member had not been to work for seven days prior to testing positive.
Climate change and plastic pollution are catastrophic problems that seem overwhelming. Can ordinary people actually do anything to make a significant impact? Yes! There are simple sustainable swaps that really make a difference in our environmental and future well-being.
Our stores are focused on sustainability by providing information and inspiration—all of us can make a difference with easy shifts in our daily lives. Join us in making real change and a real positive impact, one simple sustainable swap at a time.
It’s Sustainable September! Even though 2020 has been challenging for everyone, there is still room to improve our daily habits for the well-being of the environment and future generations.
A Down to Earth team member at our Kahului location tested positive for COVID-19 on August 6. This team member had not been to work for six days prior to testing positive. A team member at our Kapolei location tested positive on August 17. This team member had not been to work for sixteen days prior to testing positive.
My kids and I were swimming at a Windward beach recently and afterwards we had to pick small pieces of plastic off our skin and out of each others' hair that had been floating in a colorful soup on the ocean surface. Yuck.
I think we all know plastic pollution is a big problem. Walk on any beach, drive on any highway, go to any park anywhere on the islands (and practically anywhere in the world) and the plastic pollution is disturbingly evident.
Have you seen stories in the news about people who produce almost no trash? This is achieved by only purchasing things with little to no packaging, doing without items that are wasteful, and being dedicated to recycling and composting. Although that is admirable, it does seem pretty unrealistic for most people. Food packaging, paper napkins, diapers, junk mail, empty medicine bottles and other plastics that aren’t recyclable, broken pens and other office supplies...all this and more seem nearly impossible to avoid while functioning in our current world.