NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6- Kenya Bureau of Standards has introduced a new standard to guide the manufacturing of non-woven bags in the country.
In a statement, KEBS Managing Director Bernard Njiraini said that the KNWA 2884:2019 Standard provides a reprieve for non-woven plastic bags manufacturers by providing guidelines on producing polypropylene bags.
“Non-woven polypropylene bags were identified among the alternatives due to their reusability and durability as opposed to the single-use plastic polythene carrier bags. It’s expected that the re-useable polypropylene bags will help to curb littering by plastics,” said Njiraini.
According to the regulatory body, the polypropylene bags will now have a minimum grammage of 50 gsm.
It will also include additional information such as the manufacturer’s name, address, registered trade, dimensions of the bag, declaration of country manufacturing and origin.
“The polypropylene bags will also have a standardization mark and instruction for storage and disposal,” added Njiraini.
In April, the National Environmental Management Authority moved to implement the ban on non-woven carrier bags after replacing with carrier bags made from reed, cotton, sisal, recycled plastic material, recycled paper, papyrus, woven plastic bags, hyacinth, and hard plastic.
The authority had earlier issued an ultimatum on the usage and manufacture of non-woven bags over the poor quality.
“The Authority directs that all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of these non-woven polypropylene bags should stop further manufacture, importation, supply and use of these bags in the Kenyan market effective March 31, 2019,” the notice read in part.
The non-woven bags replaced plastic papers banned in 2017 for environmental reasons.