Ban the sales & usage of all sachet products near water bodies throughout India ASAP

Ban the sales & usage of all sachet products near water bodies throughout India ASAP

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Johneh Poorni started this petition to Prakash Javadekar (Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change)

I am not a good writer, so I just come to the point. Last week I happened to travel across South India (AP & Tamilnadu) for my vacation and we visited several waterbodies for swim & bath. Ubbelamadugu, Tada AP, Papanasam, Manimutharu, Courtallam, Cauvery etc. What's common other than pristine clean mountain water and lush forests surrounding these water bodies is that the worst of human irresponsibility piling up in the banks of these paradises. Shampoo packets, chips & snacks packets, Diapers and Tissues, Styrofoam plates, soap covers, etc.were all thrashed around everywhere. 

As it was planned to be an off-the-grid trek, I didn't carry my smartphone or camera to take pictures, but the issue is pressing and real. 

Monkeys rummage the trashcans (very few though) and fishes are eating shreds of shampoo sachets. The pain that aches me is that people who enjoy taking selfies and swimming in these places don't even bother to ask for a trash can. In Kerala, the problem appeared rare, they've banned the sales and use of shampoos near waterfalls and waterbodies mostly. I believe the same should be implemented countrywide, sachet based snacks and other bathing products such as shampoos should be banned from usage and the same should be strictly monitored by the forest department. This is a very serious issue, which if not addressed, will make our beautiful rivers & forests nothing but a pile of plastic trash sludge. 

  1. A Countrywide Ban on Shampoos, Soaps, Packed snacks and plastic can beverages near water bodies & forests should be implemented. 
  2. Motivate local farmers and villagers to sell non-packed snacks, native & local cooked refreshments etc. with proper stalls and improve their economy. 
  3. Enforce strict vigilance and monitoring on cigarettes, liquor bottles etc. which are carried into forest areas. 

Collecting and managing trash costs more than banning the generation of trash in forest areas. Please avoid using shampoos and soaps in forests, the water by itself carry good herbal infusions and fragrance. 

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