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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in Oahu

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Eco-friendly tours can put you up close and personal with some of the most stunning natural landscapes the world has ever known. From waterfalls to beaches, you can learn how sustainable eco practices have led to the protection of nature at its finest.

But reducing your carbon footprint goes much farther than nature. There are other ways you can do your part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here are some tips to cutting your environmental impact while on Oahu, and at home.

Buy from local sources. There are many opportunities to do this on Oahu. Hit the farmer’s markets to stock up on the things you need for your stay. Buying locally means you’re supporting local farmers and keeping them afloat, plus local foods are often organic and healthy, promoting healthy eating among your family. In addition, because shipping burns fuel, you can save on those costs when you purchase locally. For example, a five-pound package arriving to Hawaii by air creates 12 pounds of CO2, and 3 ½ pounds when shipped via truck, according to Carbon Fund.org. Cutting out the middleman and buying direct from a local source goes a long way toward saving the environment.

Use natural resources to decorate your wedding. Fortunately, Hawaii is the perfect spot to do this, thanks to all the natural beauty that surrounds so many venues on Oahu. Use the natural outdoor beauty to your advantage instead of purchasing expensive artificial decorations that will just hit the trash later. From potted plants to in-season flowers to seashells at a beach wedding, it’s easier than ever to decorate your wedding naturally. When it comes to both flowers and food, make local, organic and seasonal choices to save money and resources. Your wedding planner can surely help you out with this, letting you know where the local farmer’s markets are and what locally grown items are available at that time of year.

Consider public transit. Rather than rent a car and contribute to the emission levels on Oahu for just one family, use ground travel options such as shuttles and buses to get where you’re going. Even better: rent bikes to get around locally. Not only will you save on transportation costs, you’ll get in some physical fitness too. If you absolutely must rent a car, be sure to drive smart. Did you know you could save a ton (literally) of CO2 per year by accelerating smoothly and gradually, driving the speed limit, staying at a steady pace, and planning out your stops and starts? Use hills to your advantage.

Watch your food intake. Studies show that one-quarter of all food prepared each year in this country is thrown out, leading to methane buildups in landfills and carbon dioxide emissions due to the transportation of wasted food. When it comes to your actual food choices, try forgoing the meat and going for the veggies. Incidentally, vegetarians save 3,000 pounds of CO2 per year compared with carnivores. You don’t have to go entirely meatless…just increase your vegetarian meal frequency by one or two every week. Keep in mind that chicken is less greenhouse gas intensive than its beef counterpart.

Come with Hoku Hawaii Tours on our Eco-Adventure Tour to see all the natural beauty of the island!

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