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.
founded the company in 2014, focused on greening peoples’ 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. I
In 2018, the company expanded into product offerings called Pono Home Essentials that are as organic, local sourced, and zero waste as possible. Cooney, a 5 time eco-entrepreneur, was a finalist in the Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s clean tech entrepreneur of the year in 2017.
Chelsea Harder, President at Pono Home, Inc.
Chelsea Harder has 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 Pono Home. She manages operations at Pono Home Essentials to help bring people quality organic products through a zero-waste model.
Before Pono Home Essentials
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 - the Aloha+ Challenge aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, she served as the market transformation specialist at Hawai‘i Energy managing projects and fellowship programs to help achieve Hawai‘i’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. Chelsea was a Robotics, Engineering, and STEM educator and program director at local public and private schools and worked as a geotechnical engineer in the midwest and served in Kiribati as a Peace Corps volunteer where she implemented programs to improve quality of life and resilience to climate change in island communities.
Chelsea holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources & Leadership for Sustainability at the University of Vermont Rubenstein School, a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota, and studied abroad in Advanced Environmental Measurements Techniques (AEMT) program at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a Senior Fellow through the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) National cohort and the Lead Judge Advisor for the Hawai’i F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition.
Did You Know?
Chelsea is from northern Minnesota and has lived in Hawai‘i for over ten years. When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time in the ocean, forests, and mountains.
Why I love working at Pono Home Essentials
I love being a part of a mission-driven organization that addresses environment and economic development and provides people with practical, quality products for everyday use.
My favorite zero-waste practice
I like taking my own bags and containers wherever I go to limit the use of single-use containers and plastic.
Carey Usher Coleman
Why I love working with Pono Home Essentials?
I have worked with some of the largest beauty companies in the world It's nice to be able to use the skills and knowledge I have learned to help this company with a mission to reduce plastic pollution and waste. My favorite products are the Fragrance Free Shampoo and Conditioner and the Lucid Dream Spray.