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amass in the ocean, forming giant wads of toxic material and killing sea animals who eat
They clog up drainage systems and sit in landfills for centuries. Experts
estimate that we use between 500 billion and 1 trillion of them a year globally. What is this atrocity? Plastic bags.
Conveniently disposable yet durable, plastic bags are everywhere. Trouble is,
their most sellable qualities—durability and ubiquity—are what make them an
it was good news this week when Hawaii decided as a state to say "No"
to plastic bags.
Aloha State, known for its gorgeous blue waters teeming with flora and fauna,
has decided to protect its ecosystem by banning plastic bags statewide.
of cities and counties have already done as much, but this is the first time that
a state has enacted a ban.
animals in and around Hawaii, this is especially good news. Conservationists estimate that at
least 100,000 mammals and birds die every year as a result of coming into
contact with plastic bags. Fish fare even worse: Conservationists suspect that they
die by the millions each year because of plastic bags.
Hawaii's new ban, the state is making a statement: Small changes in habit can
make a big difference. Here are three lifestyle changes that you can make:
bottom line is, a little gesture goes along way. So while we wait for the other
49 states to take the plastic-ban plunge, do your part to make the world a
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