.#ChinUp! #Hawaii becomes the first state in the United States to ban plastic bags at checkout counters. Plastic bags are the modern environmental plague. They pile up in landfills, contaminate the oceans, and kill wildlife. Hawaii has taken the initiative by becoming the first U.S. state to ban plastic bags. To better understand the fate of plastic in general, click on the TED-Ed animation link in our bio. Naked Planet & Hawaiian Photographer, @JonavanCrail.