Story of Zimmerman, big game and plastic bag

A man sits on waste at the Ngong town dumping site, 30 kilometres southwest of Nairobi, on August 24, 2017.A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on August 28, 217 in a bid to slow pollution. PHOTO | SIMON MAINA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The battle to stop the use of plastic bags has been fought for long with conservationists – more than anyone else – on the front line.

  • While plastics had been used since late 1800, the idea of a plastic bag did not get approval until 1960s when it sought to replace the brown paper bags.

  • It was Greenbelt founder, the late Prof Wangari Maathai who started the local campaign to ban the use of plastic bags after she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

In the last 40 years, environmentalists and conservationists have won two major victories in Kenya. Both surprised the world.

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