Are you willing to sacrifice convenience to help the environment and save an animal’s life? I would! But, the people in Kenya have no choice. Recently, a law was put in place that bans the making, selling, or importing of single-use plastic bags. Beginning on August 28, and from now on, if Kenyans make, sell, or import plastic bags in Kenya, they will have to pay around 19,000 dollars or spend up to 4 years in jail!
Even though the consequences are super severe, I think the US should follow Kenya’s lead in banning single-use plastic bags in order to save animals’ lives and help the health of the environment. Many innocent animals are harmed by eating, choking, or getting caught in the plastic. And to top it off, plastic bags are polluting the ocean and environment.
Although 40 other countries are putting regulations on the use of plastic bags, Kenya is doing the most to prevent people from making and importing them. They even force visitors to leave their plastic bags at the airport if they’re traveling through.
Plastic bags are a part of Kenyans’ lives. Shoppers are thought to have used up to 100 million plastic bags a year! People are now using cloth, paper, and sisal bags for produce and other goods instead of plastic bags.
Even if the US doesn’t ban plastic bags (and probably never will) that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be trying our best to stop harming the environment! Next time you go to the grocery store, bring cloth bags for produce and reusable ones for everyday shopping.
What inconveniences have you dealt with to help the environment? Post your idea in the comments below!