It has been reported that by October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in its most sweeping measure yet, the centre is set to impose a nationwide ban on single use plastic items. Six items likely to be banned are plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets.
During the Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people and government agencies to take the first big step to free India from single-use plastic.
With the growing global concern about plastic pollution, which has got particular focus on the oceans; the right measures to be taken at the earliest to protect the environment.
According to a recent study, nearly 50% of single-use plastic products end up in killing marine life and entering the human food chain.
Meanwhile, people seem to ask clarity on what qualifies single use and what does not. Estimates indicate that they could constitute 4-7 percent of raw material used in the manufacturing process. This means 4-7 percent of raw materials could be completely removed from the manufacturing process.
If every individual resolve not to use plastic bags, our cities would be much better places to live in. Unless we honestly implement all ways to eliminate plastic, its ill-effects will continue to be with us. The little that we can do without much effort from our side is to say “no” to plastic bags and support PM’s efforts to wipe out plastics by 2022.
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