Hawaii Bans Plastic Shopping Bags
"Perhaps because of their proximity to what has been dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Hawaiians have voted to ban the use of plastic shopping bags throughout the state by 2015.
This month, Honolulu County became the final county in the island state to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags at shopping centers. Voters also approved the ban of paper bags that did not contain at least 40 percent recycled material.
Officials said the 2015 deadline will allow local retailers and shoppers the time to make the appropriate changes"