Years after Hawai’i’s 2015 law eliminating plastic bags from grocery stores across the state, followed by its 2018 bill to ban sunscreen with ingredients harmful to coral reefs, Honolulu’s city council passed Bill 40, which bans single-use plastic products such as straws and utensils. The new law will apply to Honolulu, Hawai’i’s largest city, as well as the entire island of Oahu.
The law is scheduled to go into effect in 2022, at which point businesses that supply such items, such as restaurants, will be fined up to $1,000 per day if found in violation. The law also applies to Styrofoam containers, often used by fast-food establishments.
Although this new ban is one of the strictest passed so far in the United States, exceptions include bags for chips, ice, bread, vegetables, ground coffee, fish, meat and newspapers.
Elsewhere in Hawai’i, beaches, like Kamilo beach on the Big Island, banned foam containers, but have yet to address single-use plastics.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
The new Hotel Indigo Brussels – City boasts a botanical theme. The hotel in Brussels’ Little Manhattan is located near the city’s Botanical Gardens, making the theme fitting.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
A new culinary destination, Richmond, British Columbia, in Canada, was named on Eater’s annual Top Places to Eat list. The food authority website named 19 destinations around the world, many expected, but some not so much.
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