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Source: ISTOCK

Hawaii's Plan to Ban Most Single-Use Plastic Is Extreme But Reasonable

By Sophie Hirsh

As the zero-waste movement grows in popularity, many eco-conscious people are making an effort to avoid single-use plastic when possible. But soon, people in Hawaii may have no choice but to find alternatives. As reported by Hawaii News Now, Hawaiian lawmakers are proposing a bill that would eventually ban many forms of single-use plastic.

Hawaii's government published the bill, known as Senate Bill 522, on its website. Should the legislature pass, every July from 2021 until 2025 (minus July 2024) another component of the bill will go into effect. Beginning July 1, 2021, the bill would prohibit Hawaii's government-run businesses and agencies from any use or distribution of "plastic beverage bottles, utensils, stirring sticks, polystyrene foam containers, or straws." Starting July 1, 2022, restaurants, bars, and hotels would follow suit, and no longer be allowed to use those same items.

Beginning July 1, 2023, no one — neither businesses not private individuals — would be allowed to provide plastic bags in "any form." And finally, starting on July 1, 2025, no businesses or individuals would be permitted to provide single-use plastic beverage containers in "any form." Now remember folks, the typical paper coffee cup is always coated with a thin plastic layer. So for this bill to pass, Hawaii would have to come up with a pretty awesome alternative — something that Starbucks is already hard at work on, with a $10 million offer on the table.