Plastic Bag Ban on Hawaii, Big Island
Editor Yisa Var of Big Island Weekly, summarizes the transition ― titled Bag Drag ― very well. She documented responses and was overall pleased with the transition process.
Yisa noted that tote shopping bags are actually easier to carry more items in than plastic. Just remember to keep a reusable bag handy. Because in reality, you may not think you need it when suddenly you do!
Environmental Issues, on About.com, summarize why to stop using plastic bags. It’s really a no-brainer issue.
Did you know that Americans throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 to 3 percent are ever recycled? Plastic bags are not biodegradable and they clog waterways. The plastic also spoils landscapes and ends up in landfills where they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller particles that continue to pollute both soil and water.
Every Hawaii business addresses the ban in varied ways. Popular KTA is a grocer less than 5 miles north of our retreat. They help remind the public and share FAQs on their website to explain their policies and goals.
So if you feel inconvenienced at first, just think of the logic and that you are doing a great deal to keep Hawaiian oceans clean.
You want to keep it that way, right?