Hawaii Plastic Bag Ban Is First to Go Statewide

January 15, 2014
Due to the complications of U.S. politics, no plastic bag ban has been able to cover every county within a state, that is, until now. Hawaii has passed legislation that brings all four of the state’s populated counties under a plastic bag reduction effort. As every Hawaiian gets into the habit of using eco-friendly grocery bags, there is hope when it comes to reducing the pollution of this great state’s natural resources. Natural Resources That Demand Protecting One of the Sierra Club supporters of a complete plastic bag ban in Hawaii noted that the state’s residents are more likely to see the disastrous effects plastic bags have on the environment. In Hawaii, you’re never far from a gorgeous view of trees, or the glorious ocean and minor streams that are ubiquitous in Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai, and Maui. Seeing those precious elements of nature fouled by plastic bags has taken its toll for years in Hawaii, and the ban that will cover Hawaii’s four populated counties should help alleviate the problem drastically. By 2015, everyone will be using eco-friendly bags when taking a simple trip to the grocery store. To date, the state with the most impressive list of local plastic bag bans has been California. The political system of most U.S. states makes it complicated to enact a statewide ban. In fact, Hawaii’s measures have gone through local grass-roots campaigns rather than through state government. Movements Starting from the Grass Roots At Holden Bags, we support the effort of every local community to end our reliance on petroleum-based single-use bags in favor of a more eco-friendly reusable bag. Store owners who want to take a stand and set an example in the community can design and order wholesale reusable grocery bags to begin a new era within your city or town. People instantly respond to this goodwill, making reusable bag promotions wildly successful wherever they’re implemented. Is there anyone else who will take the initiative in your community? Gandhi once summed up the idea concisely: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” Starting a movement from the grass roots can sound intimidating. However, picking up wholesale reusable bags and handing them out to your customers is as simple as it gets. Why not accept the challenge? For more information about wholesale reusable shopping bags and how you can help the environment please visit www.holdenbags.com or contact us at 800.255.0885.