If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know we’re no stranger to plastic bag bans—in particular, we’ve covered California’s ongoing push to ban plastic grocery bags in great detail.

While it would be reasonable then to expect California to be the first state to ban plastic grocery bags, it’s Hawaii that has surprised everyone and claimed that title.

According to NBC News, Hawaii’s Honolulu County has recently voted to join the state’s other counties in passing a ban on non-reusable plastic grocery bags. This has created what is effectively a statewide ban.

While only four of the five Hawaiian counties have enacted such bans, the fifth, Kalawao County, is barely populated, livescience.com wrote recently.

As we’ve noted before, measures such as these only seek to ban the use of plastic grocery bags and not the custom bags we manufacture. However, we feel it’s important to provide updates on bag-banning measures because they always seem to be highly visible news stories, and we don’t want there to be any confusion or concern among our customers.

Like always, we’ll continue to keep you updated on stories like these and other relevant news from the plastics industry.