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|"The biggest problem is Wal-Mart; the largest retailer on Kaua‘i and the social gathering place of many, sell blue imitation cloth looking bags made out of used plastic bottles..." (Seriously, check the label.) http://www.savetheplasticbag.com/|
The County of Kaua‘i 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.
Grocery stores continually run out of paper and when they do have paper bags they take up many times the space of the old plastic bags. People re-used plastic, the paper breaks and is garbage as soon as you take your groceries home and now many people are buying commercial plastic garbage liners during these recessed times when they can least afford it.
The biggest problem is Wal-Mart; the largest retailer on Kaua‘i 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.
Many of the grocery stores on Kauai have to rent additional container trucks just to store paper bags since paper takes up to 100 times the space of plastic. (Just imagine 100 paper bags stacked high verses 100 plastic bags stacked high.)
Therefore if a plastic ban is enacted in Honolulu please also ban paper.
The Honolulu Star-advertiser published an edited version of this opinion article on 03-05-12, here it is; http://staradvertiser.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx