7 Eco-Friendly Cups, Flasks and Bottles You Can Buy on O‘ahu
Wondering how to celebrate World Water Day the right way? Opt for a reusable, collapsible and stylish drink container for your next sip on the go.
A million plastic water bottles are purchased every minute in America, but only a fourth of them actually ending up in the recycling bin. It’s about time to kick the single-use-plastics habit in the hopes of slowing down the world’s exponentially increasing plastic problem.
In honor of World Water Day on March 22, hydrate with a reusable water bottle at the beach, catch your morning buzz in a stylish glass coffee cup, and devote your efforts to sustaining a plastic-free lifestyle to maintain the beautiful island that we (sometimes) take for granted.
Here are seven stylish additions to your collection of eco-friendly alternatives that you can grab at local stores or order online:
Get a discount on your crafted cup of joe at eco-minded coffee shops when you bring in this tempered glass coffee cup for your morning pick-me-up. Originating in Melbourne, the company, dedicated to a creating a sustainable future, utilizes local manufacturing companies and durable materials for each part of its Keepcups that results in a long-lasting cup that you can be proud to sport. Also comes in a cork style.
$32 for a 16-ounce cup, Owen’s & Co., 1152 Nuʻuanu Ave., us.keepcup.com
If a clanky, bulky water bottle doesn’t suit your on-the-go hydration needs, opt for a Hydaway, a collapsible silicone water bottle. The ultra-stash-able BPA-free bottle that flattens to a 1.5-inch-thick disk is a lightweight option you can take on hike, walk or daily commute to work, and then pack away into a small purse or backpack. If you suffer from a perpetually empty Brita at home, Hydaway also offers carbon filters for its water bottles that filter tap water on the go.
$30 for a 21-ounce bottle, shop.hydaway.com
“Pau Hana” Insulated Wine Tumblers
For a unique stemless wine tumbler to celebrate the end of your work day or week, head to Eden In Love. The insulated tumbler is designed and engraved by the store’s manufacturers and comes in stainless steel and black.
$26 for an 8-ounce cup, Eden in Love Boutique, Located in Ward’s South Shore Market and International Market Place, edeninlove.com
Another alternative to a plastic bottle, Que bottles are recycled BPA- and plastic-free bottles perfect for hydration without the bulk. Suit your style with 15 different color choices, from citrus yellow to frozen plum. Feel good about the plastic water bottles you’re saving and the donation made to The Rainforest Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to safeguarding 17.6 million acres of wildlife habitat worldwide, from every Que bottle purchased.
$25 for a 20-ounce bottle, The Refinery, Kāhala Mall and Ala Moana Center, quebottle.com
If you need to take your homemade batch of sangria to a get-together, get a local brew to-go or are just really, really thirsty, grab one of Corkcicle’s Canteens. The canteen keeps your cold liquids cold for more than two days and hot liquids hot for half a day with a triple insulated design. If you don’t quite need the large canteen size, opt for a 9-, 16- or 25-ounce style.
Editor’s tip: Looking for a unique gift? Corkcicle’s 25-ounce canteens are perfect for you and your wine-loving friends as they only hold an entire bottle of wine. Time to step up your boozy picnic game.
$50 for a 60-ounce bottle, Red Pineapple at Ward Village and Ka Makana Ali‘i, corkcicle.com
Take your eco-consciousness to the next level by phasing out canned or bottled beer and filling up an insulated growler with any of your favorite Maui Brewing Co. brews for $18. The DrinkTank Growler, sold at both of Maui Brewing Co.’s locations on Oʻahu, is made from BPA-free stainless steel and can keep your cold beer cold for over 24 hours. Don’t worry about the vessel ever losing its insulation or its ability to keep your liquids vacuum tight: the company offers a lifetime warranty for its growlers.
$75 for a 64-ounce growler, Maui Brewing Co. Kailua and Waikīkī, drinktanks.com
For a stowaway silicone coffee cup with a muted color palette, Stojo offers a 12-ounce “pocket” cup and a 16-ounce “biggie”cup for all of your sipping needs. The cup, which is leakproof and dishwasher safe, can collapse into a 2-inch ring. Buy the “biggie” cup to enjoy your “grande” latté with a thick reusable color-corresponding straw.
$20 for a 16-ounce “biggie” cup, $15 for a 12-ounce “pocket” cup, Anthropologie at Ala Moana Center, stojo.co.