By Jennifer Swacina, Maui Time,  April 13, 2011

On January 11, I forgot my reusable shopping bags. I’d seen the ominous “1-11-11” signs and the “B.Y.O. Bag” posters announcing the impending arrival of the countywide plastic bag ban, so I was nervous I’d be scolded or at least given a dirty look. Instead, the K-mart cashier loaded my items into a large brown paper bag without a word. I was initially relieved, but that quickly faded to disappointment. Was this going to be the result—people simply switching from plastic to paper without batting an eye? Or would residents get behind the spirit of the law? Read More…