25 May '12, 6pm

A Look Inside How Hawaii's Plastic Bag Ban Came About

A Look Inside How Hawaii's Plastic Bag Ban Came About

I was in Hawaii earlier this month, spending time with Sierra Club volunteers, and I was struck by the clout the Club's Hawaii Chapter wields in state politics. They are a force to be reckoned with, and I came away very impressed with chapter director Robert Harris. On May 4, I sat in on a meeting with Harris, chapter volunteer Leilei Shih, Surfrider Foundation state coordinator Stuart Coleman, and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. We were urging the mayor to sign a bill, passed by the City Council the previous week, to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags at checkout counters in Honolulu County. The mayor indicated that he supported the concept of the ban, but he had been on the fence. He wanted to get more feedback, and we feared he would bend to the pressure of retailers opposed to the ban. But the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation Oahu , and their allies kept the pressure o...

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