Kenya has begun implementing a new law which imposes restrictions against the production of plastic bags.
Kenya is the first to implement such legislation, up until now we have only seen governments impose taxes on plastic bags or partially ban their use.
Plastic bags take between 500 and 1,000 years to degrade with the move coming as the Kenya landscape is becoming increasingly plagued by plastic.
Habib El-Habr, an expert on marine litter working with the U.N. Environment Programme in Kenya, said: “If we continue like this, by 2050, we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish.”
The law has taken three attempts in order to pass it with many in the industry expressing their disapproval for the decision.
Samuel Matonda, a spokesman for the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, said: “The knock-on effects will be very severe
“It will even affect the women who sell vegetables in the market – how will their customers carry their shopping home?”