In a progressive attempt at reducing plastic pollution, the Kenyan government has implemented a ban on the production, selling, and use of plastic within the country.
With the amount of plastic in the ocean growing annually and predicted to overtake the number of fish in the ocean by 2050, the impact of plastic on the environment is undeniably problematic.
To date, 40 other countries have implemented a ban, partial ban, or tax on single-use plastic bags, including Rwanda, China, France, and Italy.
How does this impact travelers to Kenya?
Anyone visiting or planning a trip to Kenya will certainly be impacted by the implementation of this ban – even simply carrying a plastic bag can land you in trouble, although initially, the focus will be on manufacturers and suppliers.
All travelers entering Kenya will be required to leave any plastic carrier bags and Duty-Free shop bags at checkpoints on entering the country. So be sure to repack any purchases, especially at Duty-Free, and discard the plastic bag before entering the country.