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Ban: Hawaii First State to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

By Kira Heuer

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CONGRATS HAWAİİ!! You are the first state to ban the bag at checkouts and restaurants! Honolulu County became the last of the state’s counties to ban the bags, completing the state’s ban as a whole, according to NBC News. Retailers have three years to get rid of their supply and come up with alternatives. “Passing the bans did take an effort – change always does—but people seemed to understand the need for such an effort,” said director of the Hawaii chapter of the Sierra Club environmental group Robert Harris. The success of the bans is attributed to citizen action and conscientious Hawaiians. After all, it didn’t come from the legislature, but from all four county councils! “This is groundbreaking. By signing this environmentally friendly bill, Honolulu joined our neighbor island counties,”said Honolulul Mayor Peter Carlisle, who had initially held back his support of the measure. “Hawaii has become the only state in the United States where every county has plastic bag legislation.” By July 1, 2015, retailers will have to switch to reusable bags or paper bags that are at least 40% recycled materials! Everyday we are getting one step closer to a state of global consciousness, together we can make changes happen, Hawaiians are the perfect example!

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