The county of Kauai has a plastic bag ban at grocery, retail stores, and take-out for restaurants. The irony is the stores have reverted back to using paper, the ban was suppose to be to get people to use reusable cloth bags. The ban has failed dramatically because it was never intended for paper to replace plastic thus taking us 100 giants steps backward.
The biggest problem is Wal-mart; the largest retailer on Kauai and the social gathering place of many, sell blue imitation cloth looking bags made out of used plastic bottles. ( seriously check the label) The icing on the cake is these bags are made in China and everyone on the island and many visitors now have hundreds of these blue cloth looking bags made of plastic bottles in China. The ban was to get rid of plastic, but these beautifully designed blue bags that look like cloth are made of plastic.
To make problems worse every time I see someone walking with one of these bags I think it is my bag, (because all bags look alike) believing I have been ripped off since I also use these bags...
The environment did not make out off of this ban, Wal-Mart did because wherever one goes, to the beach, the grocery store, or to the farmers market people are carrying large blue bags made of plastic with large type displaying the Wal-Mart logo.
The Advertising team at Wal-Mart made a great move by discounting these bags to .25-.50 cents each. People now parade all over Kauai displaying Wal-marts name and logo, it used to be business's paid people to walk around displaying their ad, Wal-Mart has us doing it for free!
This blog also appeared an as opinion article in The Kaua'i Garden island news on 09-21-11, "Plastic Chines bottles."Ironically the blog and article both appeared the same day, check it out at;