Kauai & Maui Ban Plastic Bags: 4 Fashionable Alternatives
Kauai has officially joined Maui in banning plastic bags. Since January 11, 2011, violations of the ban will be penalized by $250 in Kauai and $500 in Maui. This ban will help to protect marine life who often mistake plastic debris for food and get sick or sometimes die when eating it.
Although they haven’t made this ban in Canada or the USA, many people have embraced reusable bags, since some grocery stores (particularly in Canada) started charging for bags. We put together 5 fashionable reusable bag alternatives for those who wish to make the switch. Check out our list for eco-friendly carrying solutions for kids!
Reisenthel is one of my favourite companies. Their reusable bags are work horses and their chic to boot. The Reisenthel Mini Max Shopper ($8.95) comes equipped with a long handle, so you can sling it over your shoulder. It also folds into its own zippered pouch, so you can store the bag in your purse for easy access.
Envirosax 5-Piece Pouch Set come rolled up in a snap-closure storage tote that is small enough to stash in your glove compartment, keeping the bags handy and always at reach. The bags are waterproof, lightweight (1.4 oz) and printed with envormentally friendly ink that doesn’t run once the bag is washed. The only problem with Envirosax, is that there are so many gorgeous colors, its hard to choose! Price: $38.00 from Amazon.com.
Reisenthel’s Market Totes are fun for quick trips to the market or town. are made from a lightweight aluminum frame and then covered in an easy to clean, durable polyester covering. The thick rubber-grip handle, protective feet and rigid bottom, make this nice updated version of the classic wicker basket. Measuring 19″ x 12″ x 11″, the basket holds 25 litre volume. The basket collapses down for storage when not in use. Price: $39.00 from Amazon.com.
Waste-Less Bags can fit 2X the items a regular plastic grocery bag can and each holds approximately 25 lbs worth of groceries. They are coated with plyurethane to make them strong and waterproof. Price: $20.11 for a pack of 6 through Amazon.com.