Nema parades alternatives for use after banning non-woven bags
Nema has displayed the new approved bags for use by Kenyans after the ban on non-woven carrier bags came into effect on Monday.
Nema director general Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said that newly approved bags made from sisal, cotton, reeds as well as certain types of hard plastic.
Prof Wahungu has said that paper bags are safe for use.
“These bags are made from recycled paper. We can plant wood lots for paper and use that if we need, there’s no problem,” Prof Wahungu told journalists on Tuesday at Nema’s offices in South C, Nairobi.
He says that once Kenyans get used to carrying the bags, they will eventually realise that they are more effective as they last longer and promote the local economy because the products are manufactured in Kenya.
He added that Nema would reach those in rural areas through chiefs meetings and the church to ensure everybody is aware of the ban.
The ban on the popular polypropylene bags sold in supermarkets and other retail stores came into effect on Monday.
Nema explained that the bags were ‘‘very thin, poor quality non-reusable”.