The ban of plastic carrier bags has been embraced by a number of youths in Nakuru town who are already producing and selling cloth bags.

Durable Clothe Bags has already flooded the market with their bags, with street children, who used to sell the plastic bags now making aggressive sales with various colours of clothe bags.

The company director’s, Mr Ben Kibue, said immediately the government announced the intention to ban plastic bags, they saw an opportunity of making money and creating employment for the youths.  He said the ban on plastic carrier bags was one of the greatest policies by the Jubilee Government and requires support.

Mr Kibue added that the ban was more beneficial, especially in protecting the environment than supporting plastic manufacturing companies, which not only affects the environment but limits the creation of employment.

The clothe bags retail between Ksh.50 and Ksh100 depending on the quality and size of the material.

He added that the bags are washable, and due to their durability they can be used for a long time.

This comes as the ban took effect today across the country. Mainstream supermarkets such as Tuskys and Naivas have introduced environment-friendly bags which are being sold to shoppers at between Ksh3 and Ksh5.  Tuskys send out an alert to shopper saying it supports plastic paper bags ban.

Mr John Kibue, Director of Durable Clothe Bags, promotes his bags on the streets in Nakuru town. Photo/KNA
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“We shall provide customers with eco-reusable bags at  Ksh5 for small bags and Ksh10 for large bags. We also encourage you to carry kiondos, baskets and any other eco-reusable bags,” said.

The management said it would  provide packing cartons on request. “Feel free to return with the eco-reusable bags during your next shopping,” it said.

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