Hawaii is the first US state to ban plastic bags from being distributed at grocery store checkouts.
Like France, the state of Hawaii (US) seems intent on leading the rest of the world into a sustainable era. Recently news was shared of its plans to transform old buses into homeless shelters, and now the Huffington Post has just released word of its latest plan to reduce pollution by banning plastic bags from being used at grocery stores.
With between 500 billion and trillion plastic bags consumed worldwide each year, reducing their use is one way to ensure they no longer ‘sack’ the environment.
And Hawaii is ahead of the game, as the City and County of Honolulu is now enforcing a ban that prohibits stores from handing plastic bags to customers at checkout. This makes Oahu the last populated island in the state to give the bags the boot. Some plastics are exempted, however, including compostable bags and those used within a store for bulk items or those used for medical or sanitary purpose.