Success: Hawaii Bans Plastic Bags at Grocery Stores


Target: Governor of Hawaii David Ige

Goal: Praise new statewide ban that prohibits stores from handing plastic bags to customers.

The City and County of Honolulu which encompasses all of Oahu, the most populated island of Hawaii, has recently enforced a ban that prevents stores from giving plastic bags to shoppers when they checkout. This enforcement made Oahu the last populated island in the state to ban plastic bags at grocery stores. Because the ban is initiated at a county level, Hawaii became the first state to fully ban plastic bags at grocery stores.

This is an extremely important step in making the United States more sustainable. Plastic is not biodegradeable; once it is in a landfill, that is where it will stay. Unfortunately, the United States is one of the biggest contributors that creates floating islands of trash  in the ocean. There are approximately 28 billion pounds of plastic already in the ocean. Thankfully, Hawaii’s plastic bag ban will make huge progress in getting this horrifying number down.

Local activists, environmentalists, and petitions from the ForceChange community have pushed for this ban. Sign the petition below to show your support for an incredible environmental policy that will help protect the Earth.


Dear Governor Ige,

I am writing to praise the state of Hawaii on becoming the first state in America to prohibit stores from handing plastic bags to customers during checkout. It is an incredible first step to protect our Earth, and will hopefully set a precedent for the other 49 states. The people of Hawaii should be proud of this monumental environmental victory.

There is already approximately 28 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean. Together, we can dramatically reduce this number through environmental activism and policy, and this is exactly what Hawaii has done. It is a clear message that the state of Hawaii will not uphold practices that continue to damage the earth. When thinking about this ban, I am hopeful about the future of enacting effective environmental policies that keep the earth clean.

Thank you for making it clear that keeping the ocean and the earth healthy is a priority in Hawaii.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Good Girl Gone Green

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