President Yoweri Museveni has imposed a ban on the use of polythene bags in Uganda and has further advised 45 manufacturers to stop producing items with harmful plastics. With this significant change, Uganda becomes the third African country to ban the use, sale, and manufacturing of plastic bags.
"The continued manufacture of banned products must stop," President Yoweri Museveni said during celebrations to mark the World Environment Day, as most plastic ends up in landfills or dumps.
A great example of business using substitute natural materials for their products is Paper Craft, a company based in Uganda that produces beautiful handcrafted paper goods in their workshop based in Entebbe. They use only natural raw materials such as banana fibres, pineapple leafs and elephant grass with absolutely no chemicals used in the process. This paper is then transformed into beautiful, as well as useful, products from photo frames, natural soaps, jewellery and even menu covers found in lodges across Uganda.
Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park are one of the lodges that use Paper Craft, and they pride themselves on their shared values of sustainability.
You can visit the Paper Craft workshop to see how they hand make their products. Located near Entebbe airport it’s a perfect stop off in to purchase any last minute souvenirs.
Uganda is hopeful that their new environmentally conscious stance will inspire entrepreneurs to develop products from other sustainable materials as well as be innovative with the upcycling of plastics into other products.
To find out more about Paper Craft please visit: http://www.papercraftafrica.com