Stop usage of environment harming carry bags (NWPP) in your stores

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Many of us are regular  consumers of Patanjali products , because we like them. But I have noticed that Patanjali products are handed out to customers in NWPP (Non Woven Poly Propylene) bags . These bags look like cotton bags, but they are not. Did you know that they  are even  more dangerous than the regular plastic bags, which are handed out by most small vendors.

These NWPP bags  are bleached polymers or chlorinated polymers, which produce cancerous gases like Dioxin and Furans on burning. These Dioxins are highly potent gases and can breach any vital organ of all living bodies resulting in fatal diseases.

Essentially burning of these NWPP bags creates even more dangerous pollutants than the normal plastic. And whatever we may say or instruct , we all know that  burning of these is quite rampant. You can well imagine the impact it has, on the air that we breathe.

Let’s talk  about the numbers involved.

Number of Exclusive Patanjali Mega Stores = 258

Number of Patanjali Chikisalaya                   = 1420

Number of Patanjali Aarogya Kendras         = 3363

                                                   TOTAL       =  5041

Some of the stores I visited, mentioned usage of about 250 NWPP bags per day.

Assuming a lower usage in some stores and higher in some others, taking  200 as the average number of bags being used by each store, the total number of NWPP bags being handed out to customers on a regular basis would be as follows.

Daily                Weekly              Monthly

1,008,200        7,057,400          30,246,000

This is a huge number by any standard. We are not even talking of the bags being handed over in other stores, that stock Patanjali products and use the same Patanjali bags.

Patanjali has a huge portfolio of products and going by the popularity of the brand, it is only going to keep increasing, resulting in more and more of these bags being handed out. And the horrible impact on our health.

I am starting this petition to request Patanjali Founders Baba Ramdev ji and Aacharya Bala Krishna ji to take the necessary steps  to stop the usage of these harmful bags in their stores .

Here is what am I asking for:

1. Stop handing out NWPP bags in all your stores

2. Encourage buyers to bring their own Jute/Cotton bags AND Make low cost cotton carry bags available for a price, to those who do not bring their own bags.

Patanjali became a leader in  Indian fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector with nature-based products in various categories in just 3-4 years.  These nature based products should also be handed out in environment friendly carry bags. Citizens of India are looking up to Patanjali to  become a leading example for other FMCG companies in this area too.

If you care for the environment, for the air that you breathe, and want to do something about it, please sign this petition and share with others. Together, we can all make a difference .

Thank you for your support.