Waste Stream Reduction
Our “Simplify the Holidays Campaign” engaged 3,500 people in cutting waste during the waste-heavy holiday season. Participants committed to a slate of waste-cutting actions, from wrapping with recycled materials to crafting homemade gifts – steps that would reduce paper, plastic, and food waste during the holidays. Together, participants kept more than 10 tons of waste out of Hawaii’s overflowing landfills, prevented 5 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, wrapped more than 7,000 gifts with recycled materials, kept 5,000 plastic bags from being wasted, and gave 900 hours of service and more than $20,000 to local charities. We also created the “Borrow ‘TIl Tomorrow Bin” where we set up and supplied a bin at Kokua Market in Honolulu for people leave and take reusable shopping bags. Our “T-Shirts into Shopping Bags” Campaign taught dozens of shoppers and students to transform t-shirts into shopping bags.