Following Rwanda, Kenya is the second country to ban plastic bags

Following Rwanda, Kenya is the second country to ban plastic bags

Great news for Kenya !

The government has recently decided to ban the use, manufacturing and distribution of all plastic bags used for commercial packaging. The law will be enforced in the country from September 2017.

Up until now, Rwanda was the only country in the region which had effectively banned plastic bags on its territory.

Kenya had already tried to ban the bags in 2007 and 2011, though without being successful. The first steps taken to address this issue included setting a minimum size and thickness when manufacturing the bags. However, since last year more changes have been enforced due to a bill being applied in Nairobi. As a result, all customers will be made to purchase polythene bags within the city.

It’s now time for shoppers to turn this bad habit into a positive ecological step towards a better future. Being a coastal country, Kenya is directly involved in the accumulation of plastic bags in the oceans, killing fish and as a result, other species. On average, Kenyans use two plastic bags per month per person. (Americans, use three per person).

In order for this change in legislation to be a true success, Kenya has to look for alternative solutions, such as reusable bags. For sure, the cost of these bags will be more expensive at the beginning, but the hugely positive impact upon our environment  will be of an inestimable value.

Thanks to our 30 years of experience, and its buying offices in Asia, Vicbag wants to be the main supplier of ecological bags in the Region in the short-term and proposes a wide range of materials: woven and non-woven polypropylene, cotton, jute, cooler bags…

For more information about any Vicbag’s reusable bags please don’t hesitate to contact us:

 

AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST DEPARTMENT

Mr. Guillaume ALIZON

34 Quai de Dion Bouton – 92800 PUTEAUX – France

Tel: +33 (0)1 41 02 90 38

eu@vicbag.com

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