Ban Single Use Plastic Before It's Too Late

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Plastic bags are everywhere in our environment. When we go to purchase our groceries, we use plastic bags because they are convenient. In fact, in our modern lives, it has become part of us. However, the convenience of these plastic bags comes at a very high cost to the environment and negatively affects human health. Several cities globally have begun banning the use of plastic bags while some have enforced restricted laws against the use of plastic bags because of the negative effects of their usage.

As a first step, a ban could be imposed on selling and distribution of polythene bags inside India after 6 months.

The ban could be informed 6 months before the implementation date. In the 6 months, the Government could do the following:

•Reduce the GST of plastic alternatives to 0% at least for next 5 years (and publicize it to common people) to encourage production and consumption of non-plastic alternatives.
•Provide technical help and training for the jute, cotton, coconut, bamboo farmers to produce disposable bags in cottage level.
•Provide subsidy and technical help for the existing polythene manufacturing companies to produce non-polythene bags like jute bags, cotton bags and other eco-friendly bags.
•Encourage the universities and engineering colleges in India to research more on plastic alternatives.
•Government could mass purchase the eco-friendly cotton or jute bags from the value-added products sold by farmers, cottage industries and other large industries.
•Distribute 10 bags to every family through ration shops (Fair Price Shops).

PET bottles are nearly 8% of total plastics as of 2015. We do not have a great alternative to PET bottles unlike polythene bags. Hence banning PET bottles straight away is not a great idea. In order to reduce the number of PET bottles, there should be a ban imposed on bottles whose volume is less than 2 Litres. Let people who want to buy water or cool drinks upto 2 litre buy in glass bottles.

I believe if polythene and PET are banned, then nearly 75% of plastic waste would come under control. The ban would produce successful results only when there is a good supply of alternatives for which Government has to work.

I can't stress enough on the importance of this action and on the urgency of it.

IF WE DO NOT TAKE AN IMMEDIATE ACTION ON WHAT WE ARE DOING WRONG, IT WILL HAVE AN UNIMAGINABLE CONSEQUENCE ON THE CLIMATE AND THERE WILL BE NO TURNING BACK.