In 2009, Kenyan Lorna Rutto resigned her comfortable job in the banking sector to launch an environmental venture called EcoPost. Her new company reuses plastic waste, thereby saving wood and creating jobs.
On this week's eco@africa, we sip green wine in South Africa, learn how soda cans can be turned into cooking pots and see how a group is trying to protect the world's last three white rhinos.
More than 40 countries, including China, France and Rwanda, have already put curbs on plastic bags - taxing, limiting their use. Kenya was the latest to get in line - with the harshest penalties to boot. A four-year jail sentence, for example. But especially small-scale vendors are worried about the new anti plastic laws impacting their livelihood.
Styrofoam pollution is a serious problem in Zimbabwe. The government is set to ban the ubiquitous material for use in food containers and to promote greener alternatives. But not everyone is happy with the move.
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