December 14th, 2012
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Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou
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Aloha Members, Friends, and Colleagues
 
     The Board of the Sustainability Association of Hawaii  would like to wish you Mele Kalikimaka, Happy Sustainable Holidays and a wonderful 2013!

     It’s easy to forget the environment during the holidays, but a more sustainable festive celebration may not be as difficult as you think. As our gift to you, the board has put together a few recommendations to help you green your holidays:

      1) Services instead of goods: gifts of service require little or no use of natural resources, and are very personal and memorable. The gift of You - your time, energy or expertise are as 'giftworthy' as anything you can put in a box.
      Our tips: massage, music lessons, surfing lessons, childcare, car wash, dogwalk, tutoring, cooking, gardening, a book of coupons for household chores, etc

       2) Experiences to enjoy and remember: giving the gift of an experience can bring fun, learning and memories that hold value for years.
      Our tips: tickets to shows, concerts, sports events or local attractions; museums, aquarium or zoo memberships; a donation to their favorite non-profit

      3) Buy local: everything from Christmas trees, to decorations and gifts can be bought right here supporting your community and local economy
      Our tips: Helemano Farm (locally grown Norfolk and Leyland Cypress trees); Manoa Chocolate (a bean-to-bar artisan chocolate company on Oahu passionate about crafting quality chocolate while striving to produce zero waste); Pacific Biodiesel (a leading pioneer and advocate for the establishment of community-based biodiesel) sells gift certificates for biodiesel for Maui and Big Island stations

      4) Choose sustainable: choose products that are non-toxic, renewable, biodegradable or recyclable
      Our tips: use a guide to find socially and environmentally conscious brands and their products: http://www.betterworldshopper.com or http://www.goodguide.com. If you are in Kauai, check out Malama Kauai’s Green Map .

      5) Embrace homemade: weather you make your own ornaments by reusing and recycling or create some unique gifts, homemade is heartfelt. Your time, energy, and creativity, are probably more valued as that store-bought gift which they may not really even need.
      Our tips: Use items that are not recyclable by Opala to create decorations: plastics #3-#7 can be cut into tree ornaments; cereal boxes and other cardboard can be used to package gifts; tin/steel food cans can be punched with designs and used as luminaries; ceramics, dishes, glassware, mirrors can be made into decorations

      6) Clean Up: a sustainable holiday is not complete unless waste is disposed of properly. Recycle your gift boxes, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons when possible and don’t forget to donate any items you have outgrown.

Remember to reduce, reuse and rejoice!

     And if you would like to give SAH a gift, here is what’s on our wish list: connect and communicate with us! Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or email us. We want to hear from you!
If you are considering making tax-deductible contributions this season, don’t forget to register or renew your SAH membership or make a donation.


We look forward to collaborating with you in 2013 to grow the thriving local economy for Hawaii!

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou from your SAH Board of Directors

Shanah Trevenna- President, Oahu
Michael Kramer- VP, Big Isle
Lauren Carter-Roth Venu- Treasurer, Oahu
Keely Bruns- Secretary, Oahu
Dricka Brown Thobois- Oahu
Kainoa Casco- Maui
Jennifer Chirico- Maui
Rachel Harvey- Oahu
Keone Kealoha- Kauai
Jenna Long- Treasurer- Big Isle
Sybil Lopez- Molokai

 

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