Kenya has brought in the world’s toughest law on plastic bags.
Anyone now producing, selling or even using the non-degradable bags faces four years in jail or a $40,000 (£31,000) fine.
Many bags drift into the ocean, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they die of starvation.
Pastic bags can take between 500 and 1,000 years to break down.
“If we continue like this, by 2050, we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish,” said Habib El-Habr, an expert on marine litter working with the UN Environment Programme in Kenya.
Kenya says that after a ramp up time all airports, ports and boarder crossings will confiscate bags at the point of entry.