NEW LAW FOR HONOLULU RELATING TO BAGS PROVIDED TO CUSTOMERS
Mayor Caldwell recently signed a law that will affect businesses that provide bags to customers at check out. It will
go into effect July 1, 2015. A previous version of the bill allowed biodegradable plastics, however that has been eliminated.
The new law allows check out bags that are made with Compostable plastics, is printed with the BPI logo for meeting
compostability standards, and printed with "Compostable" on both sides of the bag in letters at least one inch
in height, or within a band at least one inch in height. We currently have a factory that can do that with a minimum of
8,000 pounds per order.
Other options for check out bags include recyclable paper bags, and reusable bags.
Under the law a recyclable paper bag is a bag that is 100% recyclable and contains a minimum of of 40% post consumer
recycled content, and has the words Reusable" and "Recyclable" printed in a visible manner on the outside
of the bags.
Under the law a reusable bag is a bag with handles, specifically designed and made for multiple
reuse. It can be made of cloth or other washable fabric, or durable material suitable for reuse, including plastic at least
2.25 mils thick.
Please call us for information and quotes on packaging that complies with the pending new law.