>> The world's toughest law against plastic bags has just been put in place in Kenya. Those caught producing, selling, or even using plastic bags risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40 000. The government hopes it'll help protect the environment. Many bags drift into the ocean strangling turtles, suffocating sea birds and filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they die of starvation.
But the bags can also be harmful to humans. Microplastics can be passed on to people who consume meat or fish that have swallowed the bag. In this slaughterhouse in Nairobi, some cows had 20 bags removed from their stomachs. It's taken Kenya 3 attempts over 10 years to finally pass the ban.
And not everyone is a fan. Grace, a polythene bag retailer, says many jobs will be lost.>> So I'm fearing the effect because now I don't know what I'll be selling to them and now that will be a loss to my business since I don't have anything to sell.
This might also end up in laying off some staff since I don’t know what l'll be paid that week.>> It's a big environmental step forward for Kenya. And big super market chains like France's Carrefour and Nikomat have already started offering cloth bags to customers as an alternative.