Kenya investors root for investments in circular economy to cut plastic pollution

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-03 21:52:06|Editor: huaxia

NAIROBI, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Kenya should explore innovative financing models to boost the growth of the circular economy and eradicate plastic pollution that has posed serious threats to the health of communities and ecosystems, executives said on Friday during the International Plastic Free Day.

Karin Boomsma, director of Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya that is an arm of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Foundation, said that support for enterprises involved in plastic waste recycling is imperative in order to generate jobs and maintain ecological health.

"It is time to begin a shift to a circular economy that focuses not just on profits but also on the long-term positive impacts on the planet and its people," Boomsma said in a statement released in Nairobi.

Kenya joined the rest of the world in marking the International Plastic Free Day amid renewed call for the adoption of biodegradable material to minimize pollution on biodiversity hotspots.

"From business to individuals, let us all strive to adopt circularity, based on the principles of rethinking, redesigning business models to ones that build not only economic but also social capital, reusing and recycling," said Boomsma.

Kenya's ban on manufacture, importation and use of plastic carrier bags was enforced in August 2017. Enditem