The plastic bags take hundreds of years to degrade and fill up landfill sites. Plastic litter can also lead to clogged drains, which result in sanitation, flooding and sewage problems. In addition, plastic bags can harm animals through ingestion and the incineration of plastic bags pollutes the air and releases toxic substances.
1.They are non-biodegradable and remain in the environment for thousands of years after being used just once. The average period we use them for is a mere 12 minutes.
2.They are a petroleum product. Their usage increases Kenya’s contribution to global warming.
3.They interfere with the decomposition of our organic waste in landfills and on streets.
4.when burnt they release poisonous gases into the air we breathe.
5.They are bad for Kenya’s farmlands—they harm the health of the
6.They kill animals and birds by entangling and suffocating them.
7.100% of material used in their production is bought from foreigncountries. Its purchase takes away precious foreign currency outside Kenya and increases Kenya’s trade deficit.
8.They take away the market of locally produced materials like Jute, kiondos and others.
9.They add very little ‘economic value’ within Kenya .
10.They are bad for Kenya’s tourism—they have destroyed the beauty of Kenya. Tourists hate the sight of them thrown all around.
11Their usage teaches our society, particularly our youth, to indulge in use-and-throw culture..
12.They cause street flooding by clogging drains and sewage – a common sight in Kenya.