Plastic Ban In Kenya Score Sheet (Demo)

Plastic Ban In Kenya Score Sheet

Plastic Ban In Kenya Score Sheet. Time to check how far we are since the ban. Do we have anything to celebrate about? What are the winnings?

On 28th August in 2017, Kenya took the bold step of banning plastic bags. They also introduced heavy fines and jail term for those who may think of defining the law.

The law was not welcomed with an opened arm but with force that paid off. Most people don’t like changes. Especially ones that would make them digger into their pockets. They tried demonstrations,went to the courts, silently rebelling the law.. But they are eventually emnvracing it. SOme of who are praising it. Change is not bad most of the time.

Let’s see what we have achieved so far

Kenyans embracing reusable shopping bags

Gone are the days when you didn’t care of having a shopping bag with you. Since plastic bags were easily accessible and cheap. And even offered for free at the supermarket.

Nowadays , everyone do their best to always have a reusable bag with them. Since if you have none and need to get something. Then that means you will have a buy a new one. Adding to your budget.

The males too had to embrace the act of having a reusable bags with them.

It’s a good move and practice for our society.

No more flying toilets in plastic

Some slums in Kenya especially in Nairobi were notoriously known for flying toilets. These flying toilets used the plastic bags to transfer these waste. And they rrely cared where it ended up or its healthy effect on the other people.

Human waste can be a very dangerous thing to be exposed to. It’s a waste concentration full of diseases, bacteria and other harmful stuff. So when you get exposed to someone else waste, there’s high possibility of be affected. No wonder there was high rate of diarrhea in such slums.

Air pollution to another problem. The flying toilet will land somewhere where it will burst from being stepped on. The smell that comes from that spill get rid of all the fresh air. Hence creating uncondusive environment.

Waterways are now experiencing less blockage due to absence of plastic

Plastic were notorious in blocking our water ways as they carried huge gabbage with them. This led to bursting of water pipe and other problems to our water bodies.

The fishermen’s nets were not spared either. It caught more plastic than fish.

Our river now have almost zero plastic bags flowing in them. Unfornately , we still have the plastic drinking waters, straws, non-reusable utensils, etc. That are yet to be addresses. But I don’t think they will be a problem for long. They will too be eliminated.

Livestock lives are no longer at risk of dying due to plastic consumption

We saw livestock that died due to consuming of plastic bags as they partake their meal. They would confuse them for food. And after doing so for several months or a year. The plastic bags in their stomach would tie their intestines together giving them an early death.

All could be revealed when they got slaughter. As their stomach could reveal all the plastic bags that made their way into their stomachs.

The ban helped to reduce possibility of having plastic bags flying in the fields. So our livestock no longer brush shoulders with them.

Our environment looks better and cleane

We are yet to have the most the needed cleanness but we have moved a step closer.

The streets no longer have plastic bags flying all over the place. Or have it lying around, hanging on the power lines or decorating our trees.

All that is now gone. It’s yet to be so in some interior places, but they are coming to pace with time.

I would be lying if I stated that we have scored 100%. We still have some distance to cover yet.

Confusion and loopholes at the borders

Countries bordering Kenya are yet to ban use of plastic bags in their respective countries. We trade freely with these countries and this has complicated things.

Their commodities wrapped in plastic bags will still sneak into our countries. Hence dragging us behind.

The reusable bags are also expensive to what we were used to paying for the plastic bags.

Business that used plastic bags for their packages had to dig deeper into their pockets. The biodegrable materials are much expensive. Yet they still have to sell us their stuff at the same price as it was when they packed it in the cheap plastic bags.

But for the sake of the healthy of our environment. It’s worthy the sacrifice.


It will be a great deal and success if our bordering countries would embrace ban of plastic bags. It will add some strength to this fight hence a win win to all of us.

Reusable bags may be expensive, but plastic causes more losses than we can comprehend.

As we have seen, the score sheet looks pretty well and encouraging. We have made great steps. Few more steps and we will have one of the cleanest country.

Let’s continue encouraging embrace of this noble act and save our environment from being choked by plastics.

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Hey, My name is Cheche Winnie and I love nature especially the wildlife. I strongly believe that the future generation should be allowed an opportunity to enjoy the current natural resources we have. As much as a lot has been lost, there's hope for a safe planet earth. Together we can help fight threats facing nature for a bright future.

16 Responses

    Malcolm Marsh February 5, 2019

    Like all progress, it unfortunately takes time!

    Cheche February 5, 2019

    That’s correct and its good to know that there’s progress.

    Looking for the Light February 5, 2019

    Very encouraging. Seeing people with reusable bags is common here. πŸ™‚

    Cheche February 5, 2019

    Indeed. We are almost breaking free from plastics.
    My address:
    Winnie Cheche,
    GPO Nairobi,
    P.O Box 60029,
    Nairobi, Kenya

    Looking for the Light February 5, 2019

    I just have to write a few note to everyone and label potpourri. I finally found a box that worked. I’ll then have to. determine the best way to send! I can’t wait for you and family to enjoy my gifts of kindness. I did include unscented lotion for your parents. πŸ™‚

    Cheche February 5, 2019

    That’s great. Thanks a lot. I hope you are doing better healthwise.

    Looking for the Light February 5, 2019

    I don’t know when surgery is…been delayed for more testing. Some nodules have been found. That always make you feel better. It’s going to be fine.

    Cheche February 5, 2019

    Yes it will be alright.

    Rachel McAlpine February 7, 2019

    You show how complex is our relationship with plastic bags. Your post is encouraging.

    Cheche February 8, 2019

    Thank you very much

    Chiru February 19, 2019

    That’s great.. I wish every state can follow this to save nature…

    Cheche February 19, 2019

    It can be of great help for a healthy planet. As more countries embrace this, plastics will eventually disappear.

    Chiru February 19, 2019

    yes plastic free world will regain its lost natural resources….

    Cheche February 19, 2019

    That’s very true.


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