A ban on single use plastic is effective from July 1st said the ministry of environment, forest and climate change in a statement on 28th June. The statement also implemented national and state level control rooms to regulate illegal manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of banned single use plastic items. The ban, as of now has only been restricted to single use plastic as a measure to save the planet and to successfully complete the prime minister’s vision of reducing as much plastic as possible by the end of 2022.
This single use plastic include polythene bags, sachets, shampoo bottles, disposable glasses and other articles that are only used once and disposed off.
If not for these single use plastic what can one use instead? Well the alternatives are many in number. Even before the ban on single use plastic was implemented many places had already replaced plastic with other materials. Stores stopped providing plastic bags for grocery and instead switched to paper bags and cloth bags. Even restaurants stopped plastic straws and moved to paper straws and steel straws. This trend has become popular among the gen-z and they take this forward more than anyone else.
Apart from the government’s decision of implementing the ban on single use plastic, the public have their opinions too. An active environmentalist said, “I think this is a great initiative from the government, but on the other hand what are we to do about all the plastic that is already in our planet?”. She also added that- “On a lighter note, I am sure this is going to go a long way and we can atleast protect our planet from here on”, about the plastic ban.
The government has made a beneficial decision for the betterment of the environment. This initiative may lead to further new programs and projects to save our environment. The statement given by the government regarding the single use plastic ban also mentioned that all these bans are only effective if there is collective effort. The effort has to be by the citizens to save their planet. Just like Mahatma Gandhi said, Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
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