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Hawaii County Seeks Ban on Foam Food Containers

Active | February 17 2016

Plastic Pollution

Along with Maui, Hawaii County is also working on a ban on polystyrene food containers.

Working with a coalition of groups, Surfrider's Kona and Hilo Chapters have been urging their County Council Members to pass a ban on polystyrene food products on the Big Island.  Calling the campaign "Hold the Foam," the coalition of groups included the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Sustainable Island Products, Styrophobia and faculty members from the University of California-Santa Barbara, who contributed valuable research.  Also, reprentatives from some of Surfrider's newly certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) supported the bill, and the majority of testimony submitted was overwhelmingly in support of the foam ban.  The Kona Chapter's OFR Coord. Sarah Rafferty started a petition in support of the ban that received thousands of signatures, and Surfrider National followed up with an Action Alert that reached thousands more.

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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Stuart Coleman, HI Regional Man.

Kona Chair Holly Kersten, OFR Coord. Sarah Rafferty