23 Apr '11, 6pm

Africa wages war on scourge of #plastic bags: via @TreeHugger

Africa wages war on scourge of #plastic bags: via @TreeHugger

And we think we have a plastic bag problem. According to Andrew Cawthorne of Reuters, they've become as much a symbol of Africa's landscape as the stereotypical lions and plains. Discarded plastic bags -- in the billions -- flutter from thorn-bushes across the continent, and clog up cities from Cape Town to Casablanca. "They're an eyesore across Africa, but there are damaging health and environment ... too," said the U.N. Environment Programme's (UNEP) Africa industry officer Desta Mebratu. Produced -- and then strewn -- en masse in most countries, the flimsy bags block drains and sewage systems and can kill livestock who nibble and digest them. They spread malaria by holding mini-pools of warm water for mosquitoes to breed in. They choke soil and plants, and leak color additives into food.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/08/africa_wages_wa.php

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