Loophole Undermines Hawaii’s Historic Plastic Bag Ban

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT INTO LAW….OH, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT INTO LAW….FOR PEOPLE IN THE KNOW WILL FIND ANY FLAW…SO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT INTO LAW…(OR YOU PROBABLY WILL MAKE THINGS WORSE)!!!

Emilio Cogliani

On July 1, the country applauded Hawaii for being the first state in the country to enforce a plastic bag ban.

The next day, some shoppers in the City and County of Honolulu — where nearly 70 percent of the state’s population lives — were given free “reusable bags,” like the one below, at checkout.

Look familiar?

plastic bag
Some businesses, including Tamura’s, have begun charging for these bags, but Honolulu County law doesn’t require them to.

If it looks like the bag is made of plastic, that’s because it is. And, according to experts, these thicker, “reusable” bags are actually worse for the environment than the flimsy, single-use bags used before the ban.

The City and County of Honolulu’s law allows “reusable bags” as an exception to the ban, defining them as “a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse” and is made of durable…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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