Act To End Plastic Pollution: Awareness Has Hit India!

Act To End Plastic Pollution: Awareness Has Hit India!

By Ritika Bhagat

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Act To End Plastic Pollution: Awareness Has Hit India!

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

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Are you still using plastic bags? Do you really need them? Have you ever thought of pollution it creates?

These are the questions that always comes in our mind, but the fact is that we still not in the phase of total eradication of this till now. Actually we have to say no, as we can find pretty cheap reusable plastic bags nearly everywhere.

So, we should start to say “No” when people ask you if you need Plastic Bags. Sometimes, vendors trick their customers into not taking a plastic bag by charging a small fee. Plastic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic that are mould into solid objects of diverse shapes. Plastics are the organic polymers of high mass.

The dominance of plastic starting in the earlier led to environmental concerns regarding its slow decomposition.

Why the Plastics are hazardous?

I was determined, today is going to be plastic free day and by that I mean we will have to avoid everything plastic. Plastic is very thing from brushing your teeth to went for bath, shampoo- Plastic bottles, took you bread from plastic cover. All in all there is way too much plastic in our everyday lives that can be replaced with anything. Metal can be moulded in all shapes but its expensive. The primary reason why plastic bags are hazardous to the environment is that they are not biodegradable.

Plastic bags not only harm the environment but also affect other living species, particularly cows, water birds, and marine animals that accidentally intake these bags from the garbage. The ingested plastic particles can choke or poison the wildlife, blocking their gut and harming the organism, either immediately or in the long run.

Hyderabad gets its first recycled bus shelter made from 1,000 plastic bottles! The bus shelter, which took 15 days to construct, was built under the ‘Recycle India’ initiative by ‘Bamboo House India’, a Hyderabad-based company that utilizes bamboo as a Eco-friendly substitute for wood, steel, iron and plastic.

Pan-India Movement “Say No To Plastic”

With the theme “Say No To Plastic”, India went big with an announcement to wipe out all the single use of plastic from the country by 2022. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  launches Swachhta Hi Seva 3.0 with national call to action ‘Say No To Plastic’ a cleanliness initiative building up to Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 and ‘Make India Single-Use-Plastic Free’.

Several pan-India initiatives will be launched to fight plastic pollution like clean-up drives of public spaces, national reserves, forests, and beaches. These initiatives also include making 100 monuments across the country into plastic and litter-free zones. Even the Tourism Ministry will contribute their lot to the cause by vowing to avoid plastic straws at public places.

Simple Ways To Prevent Plastic Pollution

Yeah it could be tough to say ‘no’ to plastic. But for the fact, humans have lived many years without Plastic. The Plastic durability make it an indispensable thing for now. It is important to know how much it affects the environment and how each one of us should contribute to stop the usage of Plastic.

1. Use reusable shopping bags: Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often! Prefer the jute bags over plastic bags. Use Eco-Friendly bags that will benefit environmental as well.

2. Stop Using Bottled Water: Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop.  We should make it a habit to carry stainless steel or reusable water bottles, whenever you travel as plastic ones may leach chemicals into the water.

3. Say no to disposable straws: Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw.

• Plastic straws are used for few minutes but pose a threat to the environment for many years. Here are some biodegradable options to the plastic problem:-

ReefWatch is a non-profit organisation based in Port Blair which has introduced this campaign, named the Last Straw Campaign, in India. The campaign has managed to sign on some restaurants in Mumbai and Chennai. The restaurants have pledged to #RefuseTheStraw and abandoned the use of straws for good.

SuckIN another startup who recognizing the potential for reusable straws, They have found many alternative products like bamboo, steel, copper, biodegradable plastics and a variety of edible straws.

4. Avoid plastic-packaged food: Make it a habit to consume homemade food as often as possible. Through this, you can completely eliminate the dangers of plastic food wrappers. Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic.

• Was all of this too easy? Are you already taking these steps and looking for ways to reduce waste in your life even more? Then check out more of our initiative to save the environment by planting more trees. Let’s join hands for betterment of environment!

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