Hawaii just effectively became the first state to ban plastic bags


Effective next Wednesday, businesses in Oahu will no longer be allowed to offer plastic or other non-recyclable bags to customers. That applies to any carryout bag given out by retailers to customers that is made from non-compostable materials and not specifically designed for re-use.

However, the ban has a number of loopholes. It doesn’t apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat or fish, flowers or potted plants, takeout bags at restaurants, or newspaper bags used for home deliveries, among other exemptions.

Retailers can implement the ban by instead providing acceptable bags, such as: Read more…

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