Sustainable Starter Kit Shopping Guide - Earth Day 2021

Photo: Sustainable Gifts from Down to Earth

April is here and Earth Day is near! Earth Day is recognized as the largest civic event in the world - a day to raise awareness and inspire action towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation. These are all very much incorporated in everything that Down To Earth does. Every year, we love celebrating Earth Day all month long! Plastic waste is a big topic in Hawaii because we see firsthand the effects on our very own beaches. The biggest problem with replacing plastic with more environmentally-friendly materials is that it is hard to find alternatives that have the same quality and function. This is why we've put together some of our favorite local products and a few all-natural options that will help reduce your plastic waste!

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Hydro Flask Wide Mouth, 1.18 L

These water bottles are so cute and just as functional. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, are made from stainless steel, and feature double-wall, vacuum-insulated tech that keeps contents hot or cold when needed. Most importantly, they allow you to cut out so many plastic bottles because they’re completely reusable!

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Zero waste, biodegradable, plant-based, and locally made in Hawaii! When we replace the products we use every day with biodegradable alternatives we are reducing the waste in the ecosystems of our land and ocean.

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Uncle Harry’s Peppermint Toothpaste, 3 oz Glass Jar

Uncle Harry’s refreshes the mouth with powerful mineral clay, sea salt, and pure plant essences. It encourages remineralization of tooth enamel by neutralizing acids and bacteria, supplying calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus for strengthening teeth, and maintaining a naturally alkaline pH.

*Completely free of fluoride, carrageenan, triclosan, artificial sweeteners, and SLS.

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Dr. Tung’s Activated Charcoal Vegan Smart Floss with Lemongrass flavor, 30 yd

Charcoal enhances cleansing and helps absorb plaque and bacteria. Proprietary vegan natural plant wax coating and incredible flavor burst from lemongrass oil. It is extremely sustainable as is packaged in recyclable paperboard, includes no GMO ingredients, and is never tested on animals. The glass jar can be reused or recycled.

*Free of PTFE & PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances).

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Natural Aloha Pit Balm Tender Deodorant

Pit Balm sensitive formula is perfect for all of you who cannot tolerate baking soda based natural deodorants and want a plastic-free option. Natural Aloha Deodorant’s creamy smooth formula feels great going on and will keep you odor free all day! This natural and organic product is made in Hawaii with true Aloha!

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Aloha Straw Company Bamboo Straw and Stainless-Steel Straw Cleaner, 2-Pack

These 100% biodegradable straws are made with sustainably harvested bamboo, plus they are washable and reusable. The best part is they are naturally antibacterial and can be composted at the end of their life. Another fantastic way to reduce plastic waste!

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Kamilo’iki Brand 100% Premium Mamaki Native Hawaiian Herb, 1 oz

Mamaki has been growing in native Hawaiian forests since before the arrival of Polynesian settlers. Ancient Hawaiians used the dried leaves of the Mamaki plant to make a delicious tea to help purify the body and soul.  In both the dried and raw forms, it is famous in native Hawaiian lore for its many health benefits.

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Tolentino Honey Co. Raw Hawaiian Honey, 3 oz Glass Jar

Tolentino Honey Co, one of our local favorites, contains a natural and beneficial amount of pollen, propolis, and enzymes. Their small family farm on the Waianae Coast has been blessed with amazing premium honey that you’re sure to love and enjoy! Make sure you find a way to reuse the glass jar, too.

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Down To Earth Reusable Shopping Bag

As Hawaii transitions away from all plastic shopping bags, we want to challenge you to take the next step to reusable bags. Although it can be difficult to remember to bring one each time you grocery shop, the rewards make it more than worthwhile; saving money and reducing your waste!