Aloha, everyone! This week I am coming to you from Molokai--a quaint Hawaiian island. I actually described the island in a few different chapters throughout my book, but for those of you who may be unfamiliar with it I would highly recommend you look it up! The island is so biodiverse and has so many beautiful forests and beaches to explore. This week's perk of being a zero waster is actually more of a fun fact about the regulations of the island.
- Recently, my friends and I went to a restaurant here called Cookhouse, and as we were being served the woman who runs the entire restaurant--as a cook, server, manager, owner, and busser--gave us plastic straws. When she set them down, she told us "enjoy these plastic straws while you can." Curious what exactly she meant, I looked it up and found out that Hawaii has banned plastic straws--which will be completely phased out from the islands in 2022.
For the rest of my updates, I will keep them short and sweet so I can get back to this tropical paradise:
- I released an article, Debriefing "The Purchaser's Dilemma:" A Chapter Explaining Consumer Challenges of Going Zero Waste! This is a teaser for the third chapter of my Phase One called The Purchaser's Dilemma--where I discuss the challenges associated with what is known as the "green bubble," and other issues that people may face when trying to go zero waste.
- I also had a really exciting meeting with a woman named Deepika--the founder of an aluminum-packaged water bottle company called Nama Water. Deepika had watched my Sustainability Champions interview and was very impressed by my movement and decided to reach out. On the horizon, we might be collaborating for a speaker series for Nama Water and I may join them as a brand ambassador!
- I did lots of library and bookstore outreach this week, and my publisher also did some outreach for me! Hopefully more book events to come in the future, but let me know if you have any suggestions!
Mahalo for listening--that's all for this week!