After 12 years in the local market, we have found other businesses and suppliers we want to work with, that support our industry. Many are like us in that they are owner-operators, so they put their energy and their reputations into better customer service, reliability and they want to have a long-term relationship that’s mutually beneficial to everyone.
The reason why Rwanda is so clean, is due to the total ban on plastic bags, since 2008. Businesses have transitioned to paper bags and at entering Kigali airport or crossing by land to neighboring Burundi for example (I know this as I had the plastic bags my trainers were wrapped in inside my luggage confiscated and the bag our duty-free was in when we entered the airport was taken). There are big warning signs saying “Nonbiodegradable Polythene bags Prohibited”.
Plastic straws are REALLY BAD for the ocean. An estimated 8.5 billion straws are used each year in the UK alone, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. Many governments are looking at banning single-use plastics, and we want to do our bit for the environment by encouraging people to stop using plastic straws for good. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.