Retailers, stop providing plastic bags!
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According to a TOI article from 2011, Chennai produces 429 tonnes of plastic waste per day. Not only are we are creating mountains of non-degradable waste in our city, but sending them into our pristine Bay of Bengal. There have been instances of endangered whales getting killed due to plastic. We have now reached a stage where sea salt contains micro particles of plastic.
Consumers - please recycle your bags, keep them handy in your vehicles so that you don't have to get another one during a shopping trip.
Retailers - Charging a fee for these bags is great and a 1st step that was started in 2011. However, it would make a world of difference, if you provide cloth/paper bags instead of plastic.
Chennai people - it is time we explain the consequences of continuing to use plastic to everyone that matters - fruit vendors, flower vendors, peanut sellers so that we leave a cleaner city for the future generations.
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