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Ban on polythene bags opens doors for new entrepreneurs

Kerio Women Bags, an alternative for plastic bags which are now banned in the country. PHOTO | BARNABAS BII | NMG
Kerio Women Bags, an alternative for plastic bags which are now banned in the country. PHOTO | BARNABAS BII | NMG 

The ban on plastic bags has bred a new crop of entrepreneurs around the country. Shoppers are slowly adjusting to life without the plastic bags with traders swapping plastics for cartons, paper bags and envelopes.

After the ban, the Kenya Bureau of Standards Quality Assurance and Inspection Director Eric Chesire named biodegradable materials that include canvas, polypropylene and cloth as alternatives and said they are now available in the market.

The move has turned out to be a blessing in disguise to some, such as a group of women in Turkana County who have invested in eco-friendly shopping kits.

Members of the group calling themselves Kerio Women group are now using palm tree leaves to weave eco-friendly baskets whose demand is rising by the day.

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