Today, July 4th is Independence Day, which according to the first paragraph on Wikipedia, is this:
“Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.”
What’s your plans? Gonna’ hit Ala Moana for the biggest fireworks display in Hawaii? Kailua? Schofield? Pearl Harbor? Turtle Bay? Lahaina? Kekaha? Waikoloa? Swinger party? “Veg” all alone at home with a crappy beer and a sad face? LOL!
Me and my buds are gonna’ fire up the F-22s and do a few rounds “buzzin’ the tower” over in Korea. After that, maybe do some stunt flying over Midway on the way back home, then RTB and party hard. “I feel the need…. the need for SPEED!” LOL!
Speaking of July, this is now the fourth day of the Honolulu City & County plastic bag ban, which was enacted on July 1, 2015. So today after I hit Kenny’s for their swan song day “in the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi’eee”, I stopped by Times Supermarket next door (formerly Star Market), where they were now handing out these super-thick plastic reusable bags.
I already started keeping my Foodland SPAM Musubi reusable eco bags in my car, and try to remember taking them in the store with me, yet sometimes still forget.
The great thing about these thicker “reusable” plastic bags, is they don’t need to double them anymore, and you can confidently carry out your stuff without worrying the bag will break.
Effective July 1, 2015, businesses shall be prohibited from providing plastic checkout bags and non-recyclable paper bags to their customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise. Nothing in the ordinance shall preclude a business from making available to customers, with or without charge, at the point of sale: 1) reusable bags, compostable plastic bags, or recyclable paper bags for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise; or 2) non-recyclable paper bags to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or bakery goods.
Banned Plastic Bags
“Plastic Checkout Bag” means a carryout bag that is provided by a business to a customer for the purpose of transporting groceries or other retail goods, and is made from non-compostable plastic and not specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use.
The term “plastic checkout bag” does not include the following types of bags. The following types of bags are excluded from the ban and may continue in use.
(A) Bags used by customers inside a business to package loose items, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, ground coffee, grains, candies, or small hardware items;
(B) Bags used to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, flowers or potted plants, or other items to contain dampness;
(C) Bags used to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or bakery goods, including takeout bags used at restaurants, fast food restaurants, and lunch wagons, to transport prepared foods;
(D) Bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription medications;
(E) Newspaper bags for home newspaper delivery;
(F) Door-hanger bags;
(G) Laundry, dry cleaning, or garment bags, including bags provided by hotels to guests to contain wet or dirty clothing;
(H) Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste bags;
(I) Bags used to contain live animals, such as fish or insects sold in pet stores;
(J) Bags used to transport chemical pesticides, drain-cleaning chemicals, or other caustic chemicals sold at the retail level; provided that this exemption shall be limited to one bag per customer;
(K) Compostable plastic bags.
“Compostable Plastic Bag” means a checkout bag that is provided to a customer for the purpose of transporting groceries or other retail goods, that meets current ASTM D6400 Standard Specifications for compostability and that is labeled:
1) With the Biodegradable Product Institute (“BPI”) logo as meeting the ASTM standard for compostability; and
2) With “Compostable” on both sides of the bag in either green color lettering that is at least one inch in height, or as otherwise specified; or within a green color band that is at least one inch in height in order to be readily and easily identifiable.”
“Recyclable Paper Bag” means a paper bag that: (1) is one hundred percent recyclable, (2) contains a minimum of forty percent post-consumer recycled content, and (3) displays the words “Reusable” and “Recyclable” in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bags.
“Reusable Bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of: (1) cloth or other washable fabric; or (2) durable material suitable for reuse, including plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick.
So if you’re on Oahu and going shopping, remember to bring your reusable eco bags into the store with you. Be “green”!
P.S. While I’m currently working on a complete write-up of Kenny’s farewell that I spent the better half of there in the “Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi’eee”” this morning (7/1/15), following are preview photos. Enjoy. *Sobs major tears*