Supporters of the bill to ban the distribution of plastic shopping bags in American Samoa are celebrating now it has become law.
Governor Togiola Tulafono has signed into law the bill which bans businesses from using plastic shopping bags in sales, saying it is a step in the right direction towards protecting American Samoa's environment.
Representative Taotasi Archie Soliai says he began pushing for the ban four years ago.
"I thank the Governor for his support and in seeing the value in this legislation and the benefits to the community because the end result is that its going to preserve our natural resources. Yes its great news and a step in the right direction for American Samoa."
Representataive Taotasi Archie Soliai