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Kailua’s Newest Sustainable Beauty Bar Protea Zero Waste is BYOB. And We Are Excited

The airy and modern shop (think Island chic meets Scandinavian sleek) boasts stylish sustainable products on locally crafted wood shelves.


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Clockwise from left: Organic cotton mesh produce bags, $12 for three; wool dryer balls, $12.95 for three; Marley’s Monsters bowl covers, $12-$16 each; UnPaper Towel Birdseye, $12 for six; DIY cleaning spray bottle, $14; hemp dish scrubby, $10.
Photo: courtesy of kenna reed

 

Keeping clean is often a dirty task. Facial wash, lotion, toothpaste, cleaning spray and hand sanitizer all come in plastic containers that litter our landfills. That always bothered Lori Mallini. The little girl who used to pick up trash on the streets of Houston hated seeing microplastics covering the beaches of her new home in Hawai‘i. So, after earning her degree in environmental science, she opened Protea Zero Waste.

 

The airy and modern shop (think Island chic meets Scandinavian sleek) boasts stylish sustainable products on locally crafted wood shelves. Find coconut husk kitchen scrubbers, cotton coffee filters and, one of Mallini’s favorites, absorbent cloth UnPaper towels. We’re drawn to the lineup of bottles on the refillable bar, which offers pumps of more than 20 eco-friendly products priced by weight: plant-based disinfectants, laundry detergent, toner, sunscreen and even dog shampoo.

 

“I want Protea to be a place that people want to be at,” Mallini says, with “good energy, unique pieces, community vibes.”

 

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You can bring your own refill container or purchase one at the store.
Photo: courtesy of rhema jaime

 

35 Kainehe St., Suite 102, Kailua, proteazerowaste.com

 


This story originally appeared as “Refilling Station” in the August 2020 issue of HONOLULU Magazine. Get your copy at shop.honolulumagazine.com and subscribe to the print and digital editions now.

 

 

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