This is how you do it.
Listen to citizens.
Sign bill into law.
Following the City Council’s 7-1 vote in favor, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed SB2511, a bill banning plastic bags in retail stores yesterday across Honolulu County, which comprises the island of Oahu and Hawaii’s capitol city of Honolulu. What makes the bill’s passage extra significant is that Hawaii’s other counties had previously banned plastic bags, meaning that Hawaii has just officially enacted the first full statewide ban on plastic bags in the nation.
Perhaps it easier for Hawaii citizens to see the direct link between consumer choices and environmental impact than those of us who live in paved-over places.
1. Living on an island raises awareness of how expensive it is to get things from there to here.
2. Tourism-reliant economy.
3. The daily presence of jaw-dropping beauty can’t hurt either.
They chose environmental preservation over petrochemical consumption.
Cheers to Hawaii.