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Hazards of plastics on health and environment higher in poor countries

According to the report, the total lifetime cost of a kilogram of plastic is around $150 (Sh22,717) in low- and middle-income countries. This is eight times $19 (Sh 2,877) incurred by high-income countries. When comparing just low-income countries and their wealthier counterparts, the cost differential rises to 10 times, with low-income countries hit with costs of $200 (Sh30,290) a kg. The effects of plastic pollution on the environment, health, and economies in low-income countries such as Kenya are massive, a report has said. The report titled, Who Pays for Plastic Pollution? Enabling Global Equity in the Plastic Value Chain said low-and-middle-income countries bear a disproportionately large burden of the costs associated with plastic pollution. It says this is a direct result of three structural inequities that reinforce the current plastics system.

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  • Princess

    31 w

    The increased risks of plastic hazards on health and the environment in poorer countries emphasize the critical need for worldwide initiatives to tackle this issue, ensuring fair and effective solutions for all.

    • We Don't Have Time

      32 w

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      • Grace Njeri

        32 w

        Plastics have been a burning problem for so long,we need to solve the matter.

        • Kevin

          32 w

          Plastics are a menace that needs to be put to a stop

          • CHRIS NGATIA

            32 w

            Needs to be resolved immediately

            • Rashid Kamau

              32 w

              We need to solve this issue once and for all!

              • Videlis Eddie

                32 w

                its saddening and its time we come up with permanent solution to end the plastic pandemic

                • rosebellendiritu

                  32 w

                  @videlis_wanjiru the only solution is total ban and oot for other sustainable options

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