Kenya Nationwide Plastic Bag Ban

Kenya's government began discussing a nationwide ban on thin, single-use disposable plastic bags in 2005. In addition to the bags' impact on the environment, Wangari Mathaai, the assistant environment minister in Kenya and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, also linked plastic bag litter with malaria: The bags, when discarded, can fill with rainwater offering ideal and new breeding grounds for the malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

In 2007 the government managed to pass a ban, on the heels of similar bans by fellow East African countries Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.