A ban on the use of non-woven polypropylene shopping bags in Kenya to curb pollution is bearing fruit months after the sanction took effect. Towns, rivers, markets and residential areas remain free of the bags that were initially disposed after single use, following an earlier ban on plastic bags that took effect in September, 2017. Kenya announced in mid-March to ban the importation, manufacture, supply and use of non-woven polypropylene bags following increased pollution. “Due to the rising need of non-woven bags in the market, it has been noted that manufacturers of these bags are producing ‘low gauge’ poor quality bags which cannot be used multiple times,” said Geoffrey Wahungu, director general of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). He noted the single usage of the bags has led to environmental consequences due to poor disposal coupled with lack of infrastructure to manage the bags. The authority consequently directed all manufacturers, importers, users and suppliers to stop trading in the non-woven polypropylene bags. A survey on Saturday at Muthurwa, Wakulima and Gikomba flea markets, the biggest three fresh produce and clothes outlets in Nairobi, indicated...