The Honolulu City Council's compassionate decision to ban plastic bags from island supermarkets, restaurants, and retailers--making Hawai'i the first state to ban plastic bags from checkout counters--will help save countless animals.
According to Rebecca Hosking, who made the riveting documentary "Hawai'i: Message in the Waves," plastic bags often end up in our oceans, where they can remain for years. More than 100,000 birds and marine animals die every year after they mistake floating plastic bags for food and eat them.
Paper bags aren't an environmentally or animal-friendly choice either. The National Co-op Grocers Association estimates that 14 million trees are used annually to make paper bags for Americans, destroying wildlife habitats and displacing animals.
Fortunately, reusable tote bags are a humane, inexpensive and environmentally friendly option. Check out Ingrid E. Newkirk's book, "One Can Make a Difference," for more information about Hosking's documentary and tips on how you, too, can help animals and the environment.
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