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The fourth annual Whale Quest Kapalua held in February 2009 was another huge success. Every year I have led one of the Educational Workshops for students that are invited from area schools on Maui. The fifth grade students are delightful and fun to work with. This year I led the workshop on Marine Debris, which is such an important topic. Approximately four-fifths of marine trash comes from land, swept by wind or washed by rain off highways and city streets, down streams and rivers, and out to sea. The workshop helps the students understand the consequences of choices they make, how it can affect the environment and learn that their actions can bring about positive change.

ChicoBags was so kind to donate their really cool reusable cloth shopping bags for the event. They are a big hit and my favorite reusable shopping bag. ChicoBags are cleverly designed and easy to keep with you. The bags fit in your pocket or purse when they are stuffed into their integrated pouch. The pouch has an attached carabiner to easily hook to your key chain, backpack, belt loop or purse strap. They are so compact I can easily fit 3 or 4 of them in my purse so I always have ChicoBags on hand. ChicoBags makes it easy to kick the single-use bag habit. They make a great gift for any occasion. I actually use them as a gift bag instead of using wrapping paper. The gift of a ChicoBag is a gift that keeps on giving.

Maui is moving forward to kicking the plastic bag habit. It is fantastic that the Maui County Council passed a ban on plastic bags. The ban will go into effect on January 11, 2011. The movement of banning the use of plastic bags is starting to take effect in other areas in the country. Learn what you can do to help end the use of single-use bags in your community.

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