In my limited online travels this week I came across an article that screamed to be read. The fact that the entire state of Hawaii is banning the use of plastic bags at checkout counters is not only progress but its nothing short of amazing. As much as I want to believe that the fad of dragging in recycled reusable bags to the grocery store is far reaching and deep rooted, the truth is that it is not. On my home turf of Vermont, soccer moms and penny pinchers (like myself) alike, have used this technique for years. I assumed this was universal but quickly learned otherwise while residing in other areas of the country. Once I was even called a treehugger. Really, now?
article states that Hawaii is the first-in-the-nation to attempt and
success at such a feat. I wonder how well this process could happen in
another state. Say, a place where there are advocates against climate
change and its effects. Hawaii is still trying to "collect more public
input due to enforcement and cost concerns," but I imagine that since
the effort has gotten this far it will stay favorable to consumers. Also
the law gives businesses three years to adjust. With these
considerations surely this will be successful.
Until next time