Kenya just became the latest country to ban plastic bags. According to Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu, “The ministry has banned the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging.”
Kenya’s ban follows the United Nations’ new Clean Seas initiative, which has already inspired 10 governments to address plastic pollution.
Indonesia has pledged to reduce marine waste by 70 percent within the next eight years, and Africa, Rwanda and Morocco have already announced bans on plastic bags, with other countries expected to sign on within a month.
“Kenya should be commended for its environmental leadership,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment. “It’s a great example that I hope will inspire others, and help drive further commitments to the Clean Seas campaign.”
“Kenya is taking decisive action to remove an ugly stain on its outstanding natural beauty,” Solheim added. “Plastic waste also causes immeasurable damage to fragile …
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