Africa is Getting Rid of Plastic Bags

World Economic Forum informs that Africa leads the way in banning single use plastic bags. Plastic is lightweight and versatile, comfortable at conserving food and medication. However, the world makes five trillion plastic bags a year. Each of them takes up to 1000 years to decompose.

37 African countries have restrictions on plastic bags. Kenya’s ban is one of the world’s toughest, because violators face fines up to $38,000 or four years in prison. Rwanda has banned non-biodegradable plastic bags. As for Tanzanya, it hasn’t just made its own bags against the law. It’s telling tourists to leave them at home, too.

The bans are helping cut pollution, unclog drains where malaria carrying mosquitoes breed, prevent contamination of the food supply and clean up cities, beaches and oceans.

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