Positive Change for Oahu as Honolulu County Proposes “No More Plastic!”
This latest move by the state of Hawaii is most certainly a small sacrifice to keep the Hawaiian Islands beautiful and protect the environment. Kauai and Maui Counties started this wonderfully environmental policy/trend last year, with the Big Island following closely behind in January of this year. Honolulu County is currently the only county in the state of Hawaii that does not regulate the distribution of single-use, plastic carry-out bags.
This past week, the Honolulu City Council approved a bill that would implement a ban on plastic bags. Plastic bags used to collect animal waste, and those that hold vegetables, meats and even newspapers, would be exempt from the ban. If approved by Mayor Peter Carlisle, it would become effective in July of 2015.
If the ban becomes law, consumers may use reusable shopping bags, biodegradable plastic or paper bags. The switch to reusable shopping bags has really taken off in Hawaii, as even hotels have moved in the direction by providing or selling reusable shopping bags and totes to their guests. The reusable bags are not only eco-friendly but make great souvenirs as well.
Good move Oahu. No one likes to swim with trash, no matter if you are a native of the Hawaiian Islands, a tourist or a marine animal.