Popular zero-waste store expands west of Oahu

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — A zero-waste store focused on changing the tides of plastic pollution is expanding west of Oahu.

Keep It Simple, a company founded on the concept of a sustainable, low-emission lifestyle, opened its third location in Kamakana Alii Kapolei on Saturday morning.

Their other two locations are in Kaimuki and Waikiki.

You bring a container and fill it with everyday essentials like laundry detergent, body wash, and hand soap.

“Now I don’t have to drive so far into town,” Kapolei’s Gena Balboa said. “And I can go a lot more of my products to zero waste, so I’m very excited about that.”

“People on the West Side were driving like almost every day and going, hey, like we really need you to open one up closer,” Keep it Simple co-owner Hunter Long said. “So that was really the driving force for us to search the internet and find an available space.”

The demand from the west side comes as no surprise to Zero Waste Oahu co-founder and executive director Nicole Chatterson.

She said they were excited to see more filling stations expanding to other parts of the island.

“Right now, the West Side bears the entire burden of our waste management,” Chatterson said. “And I think as everyday consumers we have a responsibility to think about consuming less, because what that means right now is we’re just putting it in someone’s backyard. other when we buy products that we use once.”

“It’s like a huge step forward and it helps by not leaving all of this in our oceans,” Kapolei’s Philip Maher said. “So, step by step.”

The 55 gallon drums in which the soaps are shipped are reused.

Keep it Simple Co-owner Jillian Corn added that they donate reused plastic bottles to the community.

“So imagine 500 plastic bottles in one place, that’s huge,” Corn said. “And then we give them to our community like water farms, catchments, all those sorts of things.

Since the first Keep It Simple store opened two years ago, over 20,000 bottles have been filled.

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