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First no plastic day in Malindi town

Journey between creative people and doubtful ones

29-08-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

The sudden changes in Kenya do not exist.
We are talking about the cradle of humanity, where everything is evolving, dying and reborn, re-generating.
But changing, it's a big word.
The mutations here are stuff that you do not even realize how slow and natural they are.
Like the turtle carapace or the crab, like snake skin or a tropical flower that opens.
For this reason, Kenyans, when deciding that it is time to change something, they do (or attempt to do so) in a decisive, peremptory, authoritarian manner.
To convince them that something is going to be changed.
We noticed years ago when, after two attempts, passed the anti - tobacco law: at first the government wanted to ban cigarettes everywhere, to force smokers to shut themselves in intoxicant cars and to turn around the city without being able to open the windows, Air conditioning that would always impregnate the seats.
In the end, take off airports and hospitals and two or three virtuous cities, smoke everywhere and every room has its own smoking area, though not properly ventilated.
Now is the turn of the plastic bags announcement, praiseworthy and savory initiative that has been in the pipeline for a couple of years.
The Ministry of the Environment had warned already since last February that the ban would be on August 28, but few believe it.
"After the elections, they will forget" was the refrain.
Do not believe the plastic bags manufacturers who continued to distribute them, did not believe retailers who did not buy other types of bags in non-suspected times, in which they could save 100% compared to today.
And this is where the lucky day has finally come, and the country has discovered that it is true, there has been change!
In Malindi, province of the Imperial Province, eternal south of Kenya that is south of Equatorial Africa, and like all the south of the world if it always takes it with calm and philosophy, yesterday someone started thinking about it.
But there are also those who, as always, have been ingenious in a few hours, he has studied how to get out of hand again this time and he used that fancy and creativity of those who have always been accustomed to landing the lunar.
While Indo-Arabs already sell ecological bags of polypropylene (which are actually chemical but not polluting) and produce lightweight canvas handbags, local shops triumph like a newspaper magazine used to make boats, cones, and Craft baskets where to put eggs, vegetables and fruits.
If Kenya has come to the point of eliminating plastic, it is because until yesterday everything was put in bags: the butcher's meat, now back in banana leaves, samosa and fries, which are wrapped in the Nation or the Standard , And if they are particularly greedy they go to pick up the ink, so much so that you can read the titles of the sports pages of the day before.
"Law has passed today - comments the holder of the Lamu Road Fruit Kiosk - means that for today I can still use the bags."
And tomorrow?
"Tomorrow who does not bring something home, he gets the slice of watermelon in his hand, and the fruits of passion put them in his pocket."
From Mulla Boutique are very organized, with alternative bags (the same as the Nakumatt) and also self-produced canvas bags. The owner is on the phone to understand what he has to do with all bundled merchandise. "It is not clear yet, we are waiting for the next few days."
Casuarina's fruit-vineyard is made of paper, whether it is the Italian market ortolani, or the one made of flour or big cement parcels.
There are a few extra problems for fishermen, who bend over the classic braided rope baskets, where they usually carry live crabs.
One of the best-known in the center, in the basket has only a small grouper.
"Until yesterday I put it in a bag - admits smiling - but today everything has changed."
And if he says it, I know that for once the turtle has swollen the shell like a Ukrainian stripper, the serpent has made a prestigious game, frangipani blossomed as in the discovery channel documentaries.
Sirs, Malindi is ready.
Of course, African is ready!
 

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