Do we have to wait for a ban on use of plastics to stop using them? Why don’t we initiate on our own, make a conscious effort to stop accepting and using plastic bags?
Some of the ill effects of plastics are:
- Plastic bags kill at least 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles every year.
- It takes almost 1000 years for plastics to decay and mix with soil.
- Plastics with a thickness less than 35 microns are the most harmful ones to the nature. They are mostly dished out by the retailers and take away food outlets.
- Food is not safe in these and is prone to cross contamination.
The various other alternatives:
- Use biodegradable bags made from fabrics.
- Ladies can fold a cotton bag or two in to their purses which can be used to quench their sudden urge for shopping.
- Nylon bags can be used and reused several times.
- Donate old news papers and magazines to small scale institutes that cut these old papers in to paper bags and packets.
- Use a wicker basket. (They can make a fashion statement today.)
- Educate the local retailers on the ill effects of use of plastics.
- Insist your local retailers to use plastic bags of thicker variety if at all he has to use.
- Offices can distribute canvas bags as New Year gifts instead of diaries and other sweet nothings.
- Better still buy a foldable shopping trolley. When you can buy a stroller for your new born this is not impossible you see.
- The common man is already burdened with spiraling prices, so I don’t wish to suggest to the government to impose a plast-tax. Mere ban will fail, as it has in the previous.