Have you ever looked at your empty shampoo bottle and thought, “There’s no possible way to recycle or reuse this …there’s gotta be a better way.” 

When that happened to us, the idea for Pono Home Essentials was born as a zero waste model for household, cleaning, and personal care products: we buy back your bottles! 

Pono Home is a Certified green business in the Green America Business Network and a former B Corp that has won multiple awards, most recently being named the Hawaii Green Business of the Year in 2019 by the SBA and Hawaii Business Magazine.

Scott Cooney, CEO at Pono Home Inc. 

Cooney founded Pono Home, Inc. in 2014 which focused on energy efficiency in homes. Through upgrades, maintenance, and education, the company has greened more than 13,000 homes in Hawaii, California and Nevada, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 million pounds annually, saving customers more than $3.3 million a year on utility bills, and eliminating more than 140 million gallons of water consumption every year. In 2018, the company expanded into product offerings called Pono Home Essentials that are as organic, locally-sourced, and as zero-waste as possible. Cooney is a 5 time eco-entrepreneur and a finalist in the Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s clean tech entrepreneur of the year in 2017. 

Why I love working at Pono Home Essentials

It’s a way for people to go zero-waste, detox their home, and reduce plastic!

My favorite products are our new cleaning spray and beard oil.


Chelsea Harder, President at Pono Home, Inc.

Harder has over 15 years experience implementing energy, environmental, and social programs for sustainability. As the new President of Pono Home, Inc. which includes Pono Home Essentials, Chelsea Harder brings her background in engineering, network facilitation, community development, and education to the company She manages operations at Pono Home Essentials to help bring people quality organic products through a zero-waste model. Before joining the team, Chelsea served as the Sustainability Dashboard Coordinator for Hawaiʻi Green Growth Local2030 Hub leading implementation and progress tracking on the statewide and global sustainability goals. Chelsea holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources & Leadership for Sustainability at the University of Vermont Rubenstein School and is a Senior Fellow through the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) National cohort. 

Why I love working at Pono Home Essentials

I enjoy being part of a mission-driven organization that addresses environment and economic development and provides people with practical, quality products for everyday use.

My favorite products are our fragrance free shampoo and conditioner and I like to add my own essential oil scent blends to them.



Sanoe Suguitan, Sales Lead for Pono Home Essentials in Continental US

Suguitan has been with Pono Home Essentials managing continental US development since 2019. Originally from the beautiful island of Kaua'i, Sanoe lived most of her adult life in Kapolei, before moving to the "9th island".... Las Vegas! Before working at PHE, she was a professional Hula dancer, traveling around the world to share the love of her island home, build relationships and expand her Hula business. She also has experience working in sales, marketing, office management and customer service.

Why I love working at Pono Home Essentials 

What I love about this company is our amazing team, our zero-waste mission and our educational resources for all stages of going zero-waste. I've learned A LOT from PHE - my hale (home) is now toxic-free and our ohana (family) live a much healthier lifestyle. Mahalo for turning me into SUPERMOM status!

My favorite products are our NEW cooling spray, Vanilla Sandalwood shampoo and conditioner.



Carey Usher Coleman, Hawai'i, Inc.