Thin plastics have been in mass production in Malawi for decades, and for those decades Malawi rivers, farms town, homes and many other places have been negatively transformed.
This has affected the health of the Malawi ecosystem gravely. In reaction Civil Society Organizations in Malawi pushed for a bill that saw the ban of these dangerous products by the Malawi Government.
However, companies involved in the production of the thin plastics challenged the ban through an injunction which was again subsequently challenged by CSOs.
Surprisingly, the case stalled in court without judgement for over 2 years.
In 2018 CSOs including Green Anglicans in Malawi, a movement under the Anglican Communion Environmental Network decided to use the World Environment Day commemorations to petition the high Court of Malawi to force it to make a ruling on the matter.
The peaceful protests we're scheduled for 15the June 2018 but the Court made a ruling in favor of the ban, a situation which changed the commemorations from peaceful protests into Joyful demonstration and an awareness campaign against the use of thin plastics.
Speaking to DSM Media, Gerald Pete, a green Anglican representative at the event, who is also the Youth President of the Anglican Diocese said the ban was a milestone in efforts of reclaiming mother Earth from the evil we have inflicted her for years.
The CSOs are expected to go back on the drawing table and plan a way forward after the ban.
By Tiyanjana Banda

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