“He Wa’a He Moku, He Moku He Wa’a”; The Canoe is an Island and the Island is a Canoe. –Hawaiian Proverb
Here at Laulima, we are trying to do our part to curb the mass amount of plastic waste that is produced from the food industry by providing our customers with to go containers that are made from plants, not plastic. These containers and utensils include bowls, plates, cups, cutlery and napkins and are made from corn and/or post-consumer paper products. They have the similar clean and sturdy feel of plastic without the petroleum! The fiber bowls we use are made out of wheatgrass, and will break down in a month and go back into the earth.
These products are also 100% compostable where facilities exist. In fact, facility or not, if you are an avid composter, these products can be scattered into your compost, turned and treated to become usable soil for your garden. Now that’s what we call up-cycling: reworking would-be-waste into food growing power. It’s another way Laulima is participating in the progress to a waste-less future, without sacrificing fresh taste and convenience. It doesn’t stop there: the restaurant will also donate its food waste to local pig farmers where food scraps will be “up-cycled” into bacon/pork belly for our new meat smoker. But it goes on!
We support local, sustainable agriculture by sourcing our menu products from Hawaii farmers and artisans. By sourcing local, it also cuts out the need for shipment across the Pacific as much as possible. Let’s work together to malama our local farmers, the health of our bodies, and the health of our ‘aina.