Even though government banned plastic bags, I still see in many shops and with street vendors. When I asked them why you are using when it is harmful to nature, they smile at me. And I don’t know why youth also use plastic bags eventhough they know that they are harmful to environment.
It clearly says that they are nor responsible towards society. Burning of plastic bag releases harmful gases due to which people are facing many diseases. Our ancestors gave us beautiful nature and now, we are destroying it day by day.
And just imagine the future of next generation. What kind of environment are we going to give them? It is our responsibility to maintain pollution free climate.
Isn’t it so?
However, banning plastic bags is successful to some extent but not fully. It can be a complete success when people also support to the government instead of just blaming the government for everything.
Well, here are the 4 other alternatives to the plastic bag which we can use that are being manufactured.
1. Non-Woven Bags
With the ban on polythene bags, paper, cloth and non-plastic bags are in some demand. But non-woven bags are being made that has plastic and cloth together.
I seriously feel this is also not a good option. This material is also not compostable but it can be reused and recycled and hence represents a greener alternative. According to market experts, Demand for non-woven bags has gone up 20% after August last year.
“We are getting more orders from grocery shops and small outlets. What is more, people want to get into the business of manufacturing this material”, said Deepanshu Singhal of Bharati Packers, who had been manufacturing non-woven bags.
Vishal, a street vendor in Sarojini Nagar, said, “Sellers are happy with non-woven carry bags because they are durable and affordable. Municipal corporation staff roams the market every morning, so we have to be careful. These bags cost up to Rs 1.75, but are only around a rupee more than the plastic bags.”
2. Jute Bags
Jute bags are also in good demand. “I bought a jute bag for Rs 100 recently and I carry it whenever I go shopping,” Rama Singh told TOI at Sarojini Nagar Market.
Green Bharat Ventures, which manufactures up to 1,000 jute bags a day in Model Town, said that there is a slight increase in demand for jute bags.
“Our products are somewhat costlier than the other option. People, however, should know that non-woven bags are not entirely eco-friendly and contain plastic.” said the owner.
Another manufacturer of jute bags, Tapan Sarkar of Alankrita in Rama Park in east Delhi said that each jute bag cost Rs 20-30, with the high GST on jute products preventing their adoption as the alternative to plastic.
He said, “People should understand that jute can be used and reused. Departmental stores which buy bags from us give shoppers discounts if the bags are returned. This model can prove effective.”
3. Paper Bags
As only small items can be packed into them, paper bags have a restricted market. However, to carry medicines it can be used since medicines aren’t heavy and paper bags are durable. It is testified by Sunil Kumar, manager of Popular Chemists at Gole Market.
4. Cloth Bags
An environmental group in Gulmohar Park, Green Robinhoods, has shifted focus to cloth bags. The members of the group go from door to door with bags made of discarded bed sheets and cushion covers and give them to the residents.
“We have been requesting the shops in our colony not to use poly bags. We have put posters in front of these shops. The residents are more aware now and most of them carry cloth bags. The vegetable vendors to have begun giving out cloth bags,” said Preeti Bharadwaj, group founder.
Similarly, a Mother Dairy outlet in south-east Delhi started with a small kitty party to do something for society in their free time.
“We began collecting old cloth from the flats and boutiques and turned them into cloth bags.” Today, the group makes up to 2,000 bags that it sells for Rs 15, Rs 20 or Rs 25, according to size,” said Rachna Mathur, the head of the group.
People throw leftover vegetable garbage and food items in the plastic bag and throw in street dustbin. Because of this, many animals mainly cows are dying as they don’t know that plastic is harmful. It consumes food along with the plastic bag and dying as it gets poisoned inside its body.
These days people like, share posts that ask for any kind of help and feel they are helping. But no… you are trying to tackle the real problem virtually which will not help in real.
Please don’t keep food in plastic bags and don’t throw that in street dustbin. Say to your parents and it’s better if you make sure that your family members are not keeping food in plastic bags and throwing out. By doing so, you are literally saving animals life in real world.
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