Do you know THIS about Rwanda?

When you land in Rwanda, your luggage is checked. Not for drugs and guns, but for plastic bags. It is the first plastic-free country.

The Republic of Rwanda banned plastic bags in 2008. According to Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources, Rwanda, “My government took the decision for litter, pollution of water bodies, and pollution of soil. The decision was taken. Although it has created the challenges in terms of packaging but it has created opportunities too”.

via greennews

Globally, litter is such a huge problem that we are on track to have more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Rwanda thought beforehand. “Ordinary citizens don’t have problems, those who have problems are in the industry. They were complaining but with time everybody understood that we gained more from banning plastic rather than keeping it”, says Biruta.

Flag and map of Rwanda

The Republic of Rwanda is a sovereign state in East Africa. It is one of the smallest countries on the African land. Such a small land could make so much responsible decisions before time. On the other hand, what do you think does our government and policies beneficial to mankind and environment in any way?

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Will plastic pollution help save the planet? What are our intakes for the shared greener and safer future? Are we responsible enough to take steps to a cleaner environment?