New Delhi: On June 23, Maharashtra became the 18th state in India to enforce a complete ban on sale, use and manufacture of plastic. Other states which have imposed a complete ban include Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, among others. Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal have partial bans on plastic use, typically around sites of religious importance or during pilgrimage season.
The battle against plastic waste in India is embroiled in a cruel irony, as despite 25 Indian states and union territories imposing some sort of ban on plastic, over 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste are generated in India daily, of which more than half (nearly 16,500 tonnes) is made up of plastic bags. Similar to the country’s geography and culture, the effectiveness of banning plastics in India has varied from region to region.
Although plastics are a part of our our daily lives now and we cannot imagine living without it, there are environmentally friendly alternatives that we can use to at least lessen its negative impact on Mother Earth.
Let’s take a step forward and consider using these options:
ECOSAC- Utility Bags
These bags are eco-friendly, economical, fashionable, trendy, highly durable, sturdy, washable (consuming very less water), reusable and can last a minimum for three years. It can be used for shopping, travel and day-to-day utilities. “We wish to support the government and people in eradicating the usage and the menace plastic has been creating,” said Anil Chowta, CEO of ECOSAC, which was founded in 2013 to make available an eco-friendly, user-friendly yet affordable alternative to plastic.
Glass is made from sand and not made from fossil fuels unlike plastics. This is a renewable thing that doesn’t have chemicals which can come in contact with your food and body. It can be easily recycled too and can be made into new bottles and reused glass jars for storage.
This is a no-brainer as this is the first choice which comes to mind as a choice for an environmental friendly product. Based on quality, quantity and customisation, the pricing per piece starts from ₹ 7 and onwards. These are sturdy and adhere to the government rules as well.
Reusable Produce Bags
Take these reusable mesh produce bags with you to the grocery store or market. These reusable bags come in canvas, cotton, hemp, leather, fiber.
Organic Cotton Grocery Bag
If you are looking for a sturdy ecological tote bag then this durable 6 ounce – 100% certified organic cotton will be the choice for you. The organic cotton self fabric handles are reinforced with stress point stitching for durability and to carry heavy loads.
Wrap cheese, half of a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, a sandwich, or cover a bowl with Bee’s Wrap, instead of using a cling film. Bonus tip: Your goods will last up to a year if you use Bee’s Wrap.
Aluminium foils and containers
These are extremely cheap options for containing food. The sturdiness is questionable but if packed properly and handled with a little care, the containers are great and cost effective.
Steel containers can be used to buy and carry milk and other liquids, and meat.