It was great news that the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in a gazette notice number 2356 banned the use, manufacture, and importation of all plastics bags.This is a clear indication that indeed our calls demanding a ban on plastic bags was not in vain.
Â Plastic litter makes our environment look terrible and since we are not ready to change our mindset against wanton littering and bad solid waste management we have to swallow the bitter pill.
A World Economic Forum recent report said that by the year 2050 if we do not change our ways there will be more plastic bags in the ocean than fish.
This is quite alarming and the step and direction Kenya has taken will greatly help in mitigating this global problem. Itâ€™s, therefore, important that all nations impose bans on single-use plastic bags and even to the larger extension disposable cups and straws, and believe me, we will not die once that happens.
Â The environment is our home we must work together to conserve it always, to be mindful of what we put in it for our own and future generationâ€™s sake. Today our planet is going through very difficult times because of manâ€™s greed to benefit and not take care of it.
We will need to work together to defeat profit driven selfish businessmen who will work day and night to scuttle this noble idea whose time has come.
Together we shall ensure the ban is implemented to the letter. I hope all single-use plastic packaging whether be they shopping bags or those that wrap bread and sugar will face the same axe. We cannot afford to exclude others that are equally polluting.
Manufacturers of food and non-food products should begin readying for the big shift before time catches up with them, ultimately it is for everybodyâ€™s gain.
Itâ€™s, therefore, my joy that plastic bags have been banned in Kenya.Â
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