No more plastic bags!
Days are numbered for plastic bags in Botswana.
Plastic pollution is a hot topic at the moment, and rightly so. It’s a huge problem all around the world and everything that can be done to curb this epidemic, no matter how small it may seem, is a positive step in the right direction.
Plastic bags have been a problem in Africa for many, many years. They are found everywhere, littering the towns, countryside, caught on fences, trees and bushes. Not only are they unsightly but they are a danger to animals who often mistake the plastic for food, this can have disastrous consequences.
Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Kenya, the Botswana government has announced a ban on plastic carrier bags and flat plastic bags which will come into effect on November 1st 2018.
“Each one of us can make a difference, together we make change.” Barbara Mikulski
This is fantastic news. Rwanda banned plastic bags in 2006 and you rarely see litter on the streets there. The ban has been enforced in Kenya for about 10 months, and they too are seeing a difference. With Botswana joining the plastic bag ban, they too will be reaping the benefits. It’s a small step towards ridding the planet of single use plastic, but it’s a step in the right direction. Bear this in mind when you travel to Botswana, don’t take plastic bags with you in your suitcase.