7 Feb 2018

Bill to ban plastic straws introduced in Hawaii

From , 6:04 am on 7 February 2018

A bill to ban the sale and distribution of plastic straws in the US state of Hawaii is gathering support.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Karl Rhoads, passed the Committee on Agriculture and Environment last week, despite resistance from some food and drink businesses.

Amanda Kelly from the Hawai'i Association for Behaviour Analysis says straws are reported to be among the top ten items polluting the ocean.

She told Sara Vui-Talitu that plastic pollution doesn't easily disintegrate and harms ocean wildlife.

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Each person on average uses 584 straws a year in the US Photo: PHOTO NZ