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Ban plastic in all its forms in eco-sensitive zones. Save Earth. Save Nature.

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I would like to bring your attention to a perilous issue if not addressed well in time can lead to dire consequences for human life and our beautiful planet. I am talking about the menace of non-biodegradable packaging. It exists in almost every aspect of our life. Whether it is packaged food, toiletries or anything which has made our life easy. Although governments have tried to implement a ban on the use of polythene bags, no one gave attention to different packaging material used in a wide array of consumer products e.g. packaged food like potato chips, biscuits, water bottles, toffees, chocolates, noodles. The list is actually endless. Packaging although has made our life easy but posed a serious concern to the environment. 

Recently I went to a beautiful hill station and was appreciating the solitude in the lap of nature. But this impression could not last longer as I started noticing the litter everywhere caused by all these packagings used in our ready to eat snacks. And the saddest part is that these hazardous materials are almost immortal. They stay there forever.  

The only solution to this problem is to completely ban all the packagings which are non-biodegradable, at least from eco-sensitive areas like mountains, rivers, forests etc. It's a dire need for states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, North Eastern States to implement this ban to save mighty and most beautiful Himalayas.  

I know I am writing this petition in hurry and could have structured it in a better way. But as a busy professional, I am not sure if this perfection postpones this forever. Therefore whatever it is I am posting it right away. This needs immediate attention.

Refer some of the below material I found on the internet - 

1. http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/teacher_resources/webfieldtrips/bio_nonbio_materials/

As we become more technologically advanced, we produce materials that can withstand extreme temperatures, are durable and easy to use. Plastic bags, synthetics, plastic bottles, tin cans, and computer hardware- these are some of the things that make life easy for us.

But what we forget is that these advanced products do not break down naturally. When we dispose them in a garbage pile, the air, moisture, climate, or soil cannot break them down naturally to be dissolved with the surrounding land. They are not biodegradable. However natural waste and products made from nature break down easily when they are disposed as waste.

But as more and more biodegradable materials pile up, there is increased threat to the environment. Visit the sites mentioned below to know about what is biodegradable and what is not and to understand how non-biodegradable materials affect the environment.

2. http://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/tourists-not-trash-43381

As the number of tourists increased over the years, so did the pile of garbage at Gurudongmar lakeside and Lachen village—milk tetrapacks, water bottles and chips and biscuit wrappers.

3. http://www.gits4u.com/envo/envo5.htm

Every year, around 500 billion (500,000,000,000) plastic bags are used worldwide. So many that over one million bags are being used every minute and they're damaging our environment. India's plastics consumption is one of the highest in the world. Yet, precious little has been done to recycle, re-use and dispose of plastic waste. Plastic bags are difficult and costly to recycle and most end up on landfill sites where they take around 300 years to photo degrade. They break down into tiny toxic particles that contaminate the soil and waterways and enter the food chain when  animals accidentally ingest them. But the problems surrounding waste plastic bags starts long before they photo degrade. Plastic bags  and  plastic waste are also the biggest contributors of Environment Pollution in India

Our planet is becoming increasingly contaminated  by Plastic pollution and by our unnecessary use of plastic carry bags. Big black bin liners, plastic carrier bags carrying advertising logos, clear sandwich bags, vegetable bags and a variety of other forms used to carry our daily food items and other items are all polluting our environment. Just take a look around you. Plastic bags can be seen hanging from the branches of trees, flying in the air on windy days, settled amongst bushes and floating on rivers. They clog up gutters and drains causing water and sewage to overflow and become the breeding grounds of germs and bacteria that cause diseases

 

4. http://swachhindia.ndtv.com/plastic-ban-india-can-learn-countries-6161/

Every product has a shelf life, but sadly that is not the case with plastics. The fact is that our planet cannot digest plastic. Plastics take around 500 to 1000 years to completely degrade due to the presence of complex polymers. As a result, till now whatever bit of plastic has ever been manufactured or used by us can be found in some form or the other on the planet. And now it has reached a crisis point. Currently, India generates around 56 lakh tonnes of plastic waste annually, where Delhi alone accounts for 9,600 metric tonnes per day. Plastic menace is also one of the major causes that is making waste management an Herculean task for the country.

5. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/not-just-a-ban-on-plastic-regulate-thermocol-too/article7879228.ece

 

Solutions -

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/teacher_resources/webfieldtrips/bio_nonbio_materials/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradable_plastic
https://www.quora.com/What-are-biodegradable-and-non-biodegradable-materials-with-examples

https://greenhome.co.za/
http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Biodegradable_and_Recyclable_Packaging_Material
https://www.iopp.org/files/public/SanJoseLiuCompetitionFeb06.pdf
http://fpm.csi-spa.com/en/biodegradability
https://www.slideshare.net/sgbaupapa/ppt-of-biodegradable-packaging



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