"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

 

-Margaret Mead

Anyone anywhere can make a difference, but combining that individual with other like-minded individuals can start a movement and cultural change.

 

Through this theme, we specifically look at the issue of single-use plastics. We highlight the key players in the single-use plastic ban that occurred in Honolulu in 2019, but took ten years of work leading up to its passing.

 

We look at why, at this point in time, legislation has become a necessary force to deal with human’s negative impact on the environment. We look at the process of recycling and waste management locally and globally, as well as unveil common misconceptions.

 

We also point out that individuals and businesses can influence government, government and businesses can influence individuals, and individuals and government can influence businesses. It is when all three components work in sync to achieve similar goals that we change how society functions now and into the future.

While the COVID-19 pandemic created a minor set back, April 1, 2021 the first phase of the single-use plastic phase out bill went into effect.