Cameroon joined the world this Saturday 3 July, to observe the International Plastic Bag Free Day, set aside to encurage the fight against the use of non-biodegradable paper bags.
It comes at a time in Cameroon when traders, as well as buyers, are finding it difficult to operate without the papers which they use for the packaging of goods.
When a law was passed in 2014 banning usage of the non-biodegradable plastics, a huge part of the population did not appreciate it. And till today, the recommended option of using sheets of paper or newspapers still does not satisfy the persons selling as well as those buying.
As much as people want what to carry bought items in, the consequences of having them littered around are highly felt. There are small water bodies that have been blocked with plastic bottles and papers, leading to floods in some neighbourhoods especially in the metropolis of Cameroon.
While commemorating this day, solutions are being sought, like how the plastics could be recycled. This is to meet the objectives of the Day which is dedicated to heightening awareness about these real pressing issues brought about by disposable non-biodegradable bags.
The day was first introduced by Bag Free World in Europe, as a worldwide initiative for the purpose of getting rid of the single-use of plastic bags around the globe. It is all about promoting environmental conservation by encouraging everyone to stay away from the use of plastic bags and instead look for more eco-friendly alternatives.
Written by Pavel Joseph Nyuysuliy – Journalist