Safaricom Eco-Friendly Bags Out Amidst Plastic Ban Debate

From left: Safaricom Director Regional Sales and Operations, Mr. Steve Okeyo, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary, State department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Charles Sunkuli pose for a photo during the launch of the Safaricom Eco-friendly Reusable Bags in Nakuru.

Safaricom has commenced use of eco-friendly carry bags to replace plastic bags in their retail shops.

According to Steve Okeyo, the Director- Regional Sales and Operations, the move is to reaffirm their commitment in taking responsibility to manage environmental impact seriously.

“Recognizing that environmental considerations are not separate from our core business, but an integral part of our overall business strategy,” he noted.

The switch to the eco-friendly bags will save the company an average of KES 10 million per year, as the new bags will be used multiple times.

The launch of the bags is in line with Safaricom’s commitment to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12, which calls for responsible Consumption and Production.

In March this year, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through a Gazette notice banned the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging from September, 2017.

However, last week, parliamentary committee on environment and natural resources  called for immediate suspension of the Gazetted notice terming it as unconstitutional.




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