The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) on Tuesday displayed the bags Kenyans should use whenever they go shopping.

NEMA boss Prof Geoffrey Wahungu warned against the use of non-woven bags and was on hand to display woven bags that should be used from now henceforth.

He further urged Kenyans to adopt the use of locally made approved alternatives to promote the local packaging industry.

Those found with plastic bags are set to be arrested and crackdowns will start soon

Kenyans online were quick to weigh in on the matter and while some were willing to get the woven bags, most men had an issue with carrying the ‘Kiondos’

According to the regulator, anyone found making, selling or importing no-woven bags will face arrest and a possible jail term.”In a public notice, NEMA banned manufacture, importation, supply, distribution, and use of non-woven polypropylene bags in Kenya markets effective March 31, 2019. The authority has begun implementing the ban from today. You risk arrest for carrying non-woven bags,” Nema tweeted.NEMA had previously set March 31st, as a deadline for shoppers and retail outlets to come up with appropriate bags after the regulator announced a ban on non-woven bags.

The regulator changed its approach to what it had approved to be safe carrier bags after the manufacturers took advantage of the rising demand for non-woven bags in the market to produce low-quality bags that cannot be used by consumers multiple times as was intended.”The authority directs that all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of these non-woven polypropylene bags should stop their manufacture, importation, supply and use in the Kenyan market effective March 31, 2019,” the notice read.

Following the ban on plastic bags that came into effect on August 28, 2017, NEMA believes it made great strides in clarifying on the acceptable alternative options to the plastic carrier bags. Plastic bags have been long identified as a major cause of environmental damage and health problems, to the people and animals.

However this move by NEMA has attracted a lot of negative reactions on social media as some people, especially on Twitter, feel like carrying Kiondos is a lady affair and the other hard plastic bags are dustbin like.

 

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