Great Finds: Everyday Ecology

Eight ways to save the planet as you go about your day

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Compiled by Conn Brattain

acme pens

1. Twelve Colors, All of Them Green

Acme Studios’ 100% biodegradable cornstarch plastic pens break down in a year when disposed of properly. (Ink cartridge not biodegradable.) $2 each, $24 12-pack. At Collections, 3677 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 808-572-0781, www.collectionsmauiinc.com.

 

eco eye glasses2. Just What You’re Looking For

Eco glasses are made with 95% recycled materials; they’ll plant a tree for each frame sold. Return your old eyeglasses, and Eco will donate them to those in need. Shown: Style #1058 in tortoise and yellow, $114 at Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente, Wailuku Clinic, 80 Mahalani St., Wailuku, 808-243-6236. Find other locations at www.kp2020.org.

 

Octopus tote bag3. Disarmingly Environmental

The playful octopus on Dermond Peterson’s 100% cotton canvas tote is block-printed using water-based, solvent-free inks. Durable and colorfast, the 16”x18”x4” tote is $136 at Nuage Bleu, 76 Hana Hwy., Paia, 808-579-9792; www.nuagebleu.com.

 

great-finds-belkin-socket4. Power to the Conservationists!

Plug curling irons, coffeemakers, lights, cell-phone chargers and other electronic devices into Belkin’s Conserve Socket Power Timers, and choose the automatic shutoff time you prefer: 30 minutes, 3 or 6 hours. $10 at Sears in Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, 808-877-2221; www.sears.com.

 

eco friendly drink tumbler5. Our Cup Runneth Over

Bio’s biodegradable plastic tumbler breaks down in 1 to 5 years under normal landfill conditions. $18 at Maui Ocean Treasures in Maui Ocean Center, 192 Maalaea Rd., Maalaea, 808-270-7061; www.mauioceancenter.com

 

great-finds-preserve-toothbrush6. Bristle over Waste?

Preserve toothbrushes are 100% recycled plastic, and BPA free. When you’re ready for a new brush, return the old for recycling. $4 at Whole Foods, Maui Mall, 70 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, 808-872-3310; and Alive & Well, 340 Hana Hwy., Kahului, 808-877-4950.

 

island essence lotions7. This Rubs Us the Right Way

Island Essence lotions are organic, cruelty free, recycle friendly, and made on Maui. They smell good, too, in 7 fragrances like Upcountry Lavender and Pikake Blossom. $9–$18 at Maui Ocean Treasures in Maui Ocean Center, 192 Maalaea Rd., Maalaea, 808-270-7061; www.mauioceancenter.com

 

eco friendly razor8. Stroke of Genius

Preserve’s Triple Razor has a 100% recycled plastic handle. It’ll last a lifetime, or mail it back to the manufacturer. Replacement blades available. $9 at Whole Foods, Maui Mall, 70 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, 808-872-3310; and Down to Earth, 305 Dairy Rd., Kahului, 808-877-2661.

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