Hawaii Officially Says No to Plastic Bags

May 7, 2012

Hawaii officially bans the use of plastic bagsOur planet is going to get a little more greener now that the Big Island of Hawaii is banning plastic bags, Mother Nature Network reports.

The islands of Maui and Kauai have been saying no to plastic bags for some time now, and Hawaii wants to join in on the clean fun.

Plastic bags can cause quite a catastrophe in polluting the environment. Did you know it also takes hundreds of years for plastic bags to biodegrade? That sure is a long time.

According to National Geographic News and entrepreneur Vincent Cobb, “. . . somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.” This statistic is based on date from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2001.

Where do the bags go once we bring them home from the grocery store? They go into the trash can or some people reuse them as garbage bags, to carry lunches, pack snacks for a road trip, along with many other ways.

Even though plastic bags can be reused they still end up in landfills or littered all over the planet. Many states, like California, are advocates against the use of plastic bags, and now Hawaii is jumping on board.

Expect the bill to go into effect next year, giving businesses the chance to adjust to the big change.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Flickr/Yaniv Yaakubovich