Please browse through the list of eco-friendly features that we have incorporated.
Did you know that conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of all the pesticides used in the world? Conventional farming devours roughly a third of a pound of pesticides and fertilizers to produce enough cotton for a single T-shirt. The production of cotton has a huge impact on the world we live in. Organic cotton products reap all the benefits of cotton's beauty, comfort and strength while minimizing harm to people and the planet. Learn more.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are known carcinogens and are found in paints. They are considered dangerous to human health and cause harm to the environment. Concentrations of VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors so we found it extremely important to limit VOC off-gasing as much as possible in our remodel. That is why we used Sherwin Williams' zero VOC Harmony paint for all the interior walls and ceilings. Learn more.
We've added bamboo louvre shutters above bedroom doors so that guests have the option to allow the tradewinds to flow through the condo when they have their bedroom doors closed. This helps keep the rooms cool without the need of an air conditioner or a ceiling fan to be on. An added bonus is that guests can have the sound of the waves lull them to sleep while the bedroom doors are closed. Guests have the option of closing the louvre shutters completely for complete privacy.
"The more convenient it is to recycle the more likely we would do it." That was our thinking when we incorporated a factory-installed 4-bin recycling station into the kitchen cabinets. Maui Sands recycles plastics: #1, #2, #4, #5, and #7, glass, aluminum and tin.
Please refer to the condo manual when you check-in for full recycling instructions.
What ever energy we couldn't reduce through improving energy efficiency, we offset by purchasing carbon credits that goes towards the construction of a 45-turbine wind farm project in Tamil Nadu, India.
The wind farm is connected to India’s largely fossil-fuel powered electricity grid and replaces non-renewable energy sources such as coal with clean, wind-generated energy. The project contributes to the sustainable development of the region – socially, environmentally and economically.
An all natural latex topper is used to complete the conversion of the twin beds into a king size bed for guests that request 2 king size beds. Natural latex topper is made from eco-friendly botanical all natural components with no toxic chemicals or synthetic or petroleum based fillers. It is free from chemical additives which are sometimes added as fresheners, odor camouflage, softeners, stain guards etc. By eliminating these additives, you truly have natural environment with long term health benefits.
The fridge is an extremely efficient MayTag EcoConserve refrigerator and is 30% more efficient than the minimum federal standard, earning a CEE Tier 3 rating. In other words, this fridge consumes less energy than a 60-watt light bulb!
If you are considering a new fridge, please check this one out!
Instead of a single standard large oven, the stove comes with two ovens of different sizes so that guests only need to heat the oven size they need! Small ovens heat up faster and need less energy to stay hot. An added bonus of the two stoves is that it gives guests the option to cook two different things at different temperatures at the same time.
The bedrooms and main living areas utilize a combination of high-efficiency LED and CFL lights and dimmable lighting to maximize energy conservation without compromising mood lighting options.
This Samsung 65" Ultra HD 4K TV not only displays amazing clear and true to life videos, but it is also one of the most energy efficient TV's over 55" on the market. When operating, it consumes the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt lightbulb! It has a variety of built in Internet applications for accessing Youtube videos, NetFlix, Facebook, Twitter and more.
Because of added chemicals like chlorine, Maui's tap water isn't the greatest so to avoid guests having to go out and buy imported bottled water, we have installed a 3 stage reverse osmosis system to give guests the best crystal clear drinking water possible.
The filtration system filters contaminants such as arsenic, lead, asbestos, copper, cysts, lead, radium and turbidity resulting from industrial discharge, pesticide runoff and gasoline additive leakage into ground water. The reverse osmosis system also supplies the ice maker in the freezer with filtered water.
The skin is the largest organ of the body -- a delicate shield of protection covering us from head to toe. Much of what we put on our body is absorbed directly into our skin. That is why we stock the condo with the most natural products available, Avalon Organics for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap and moisturizing lotion. All of Avalon Organics products are made from at least 70% certified organic ingredients and is free of synthetic fragrances, phthalates and harsh sulfates or parabens. So now you have one less thing to worry to pack for your trip!
This Gordon Ramsey toaster has a seemingly rare but simple energy saving concept: it has a single-slot toasting function that saves energy by getting rid of the need to heat two slots when you only want a single slice of toast! Pressing the "one slot" button will activate only the front slot of the toaster, saving 50% energy.
The living room and dining room have the Emerson Midway Eco Fans that use 75% less energy compared to other ceiling fan motors. These Fans are the most efficient ceiling fans on the market (source: Energy Star) and achieve this electricity sipping status by using DC motors instead of AC motors. On high speed, these fans consume only 17 watts.
Manufactured free of the top six most harmful phthalates, these mats are a healthier choice for both guests and the planet. The condo is equipped with two yoga mats so that guests can leave their personal yoga mat at home.
The condo incorporates an abundant use of Bamboo in the construction & finishing instead of conventional wood products where possible.
Bamboo is considered a highly renewable & sustainable product that saves our ever-dwindling hardwood forests and many consider it as a planet saving building material. Learn more.
Unlike blinds inside the home, exterior window blinds stop the solar heat from ever entering the home and getting trapped inside. This better cools the condo and help avoid the need of running the AC unit.
We know that going on vacation is out of your routine and may force you to exercise certain muscles you haven't used in a while. If you are walking, swimming, hiking or surfing more than usual you might find that you'll return to the condo exhausted and in a bit of pain. We felt it would be amazing to offer you the best massage chair (Inada Dreamwave) in the world to help you relax to the sounds of the surf. Let it work its magic to alleviate pain and relax the muscles so that you are ready and in prime condition to enjoy the next day of your vacation in Maui.
All of the materials and chemicals in carpeting off-gas overtime as the carpeting ages and breaks down. As the chemicals off-gases they contribute to the home’s indoor house pollution and often cause respiratory issues with the home’s occupants. That is why we chose to replace the carpet in the condo with tile.
Exposure to certain chemicals like BPA (Bisphenol A) found in some plastics have been linked to various human health problems including certain types of cancer and reproductive disorders. At the time of writing this, 10 states in the United States, Canada and the European Union has banned plastics containing BPA from infant feeding containers. BPA is still allowed to be in standard food containers like tupperware and that is why we have supplied only glass tupperware in the condo for our guests.
To optimize the amount of dishes that can be put in the dishwasher for maximum loading and minimum run cycles, we have decided to go with a remarkably ordinary dish package - Corell dishes!
It appears that this thin and light weight dish set is what appliance manufacturers use when designing their dishwasher tray layouts. So please fill the dishwasher up full before running a load!
We have purchased only Forest Stewardship council certified products for all the interior doors. FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit certification organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
Most people are aware that the quality of their drinking water can be improved by filtering their tap water or buying bottled water. However, many do not realize that they are addressing only a part of the problem.
One half of our daily chlorine exposure is from showering. Chlorine is not only absorbed through the skin, but also re-vaporized in the shower, inhaled into the lungs, and transferred directly into the blood system. In fact, the chlorine exposure from one shower is equal to an entire day's amount of drinking the same water.
Almost all the Non-stick pots and pans on the market today use a teflon or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating to achieve its non-stick properties. While PTFE is stable and nontoxic, it begins to deteriorate after the temperature of cookware reaches about 260 °C (500 °F), and decomposes above 350 °C (662 °F). These degradation by-products can be lethal to birds, and can cause flu-like symptoms in humans. Although we do offer a teflon coated fry pan, we also offer a cast iron fry pan for those who prefer not to take any chances with PTFE.