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Good news: India is trying to ban plastic bags

written by Intrepid Travel February 2, 2017

The humble plastic bag. Cheap, strong, painful when you’re carrying heavy stuff, and a well documented environmental disaster. We all know we shouldn’t use them, but everyone has a draw or a cupboard at home overflowing with mushroom clouds of petroleum-based plastic.

But one of the world’s most populous countries is trying to do something about it. Yep, India has plans in progress to not only ban the production, storage and import of plastic bags, but also develop new sanitary landfill sites.

It’s a government initiative that began years ago, but unfortunately got tied up in legal trouble. Big Plastic (a shadowy conglomerate of plastic bag manufacturers who operate out of a secret lair inside a volcano) hit back and initiated High Court proceedings to block the move. The case dragged on, and the High Court has recently thrown it over to India’s national environmental board, the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

It’s now up to the NGT to decide if India will go plastic free. The good news is, they’ve already ordered a phase out of plastic crockery, and recently banned plastic bags from Deli, as of January this year. Environmental activists, and everyone with delicate palms, are hoping this’ll be the end of plastic bags in India. Fingers crossed.

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2 comments

Shital April 2, 2018 - 9:54 pm

Like many others, I also used to use plastic bags daily but now after knowing its disadvantages I have stopped using them and switched to Jute bags for my grocery shopping. Jute bags are sturdy, reusable and washable too. I also always ensure to keep a folding cloth bag in my car as it can be used at times when you have no intention of shopping but end up buying stuff. Also due to my office, I get time only on weekends to do my grocery shopping so I got this mac cart folding shopping trolley from Amazon. Now, I don’t need to lift those heavy bags too.

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Les Petits Pas de Juls May 9, 2017 - 6:10 am

India is trying and will hopefully succeed, Kenya has banned plastic bags and bottles (if I remember correctly). More and more countries realize that we can and should live off plastic, right now. Good. And it sure isn’t hard to change one’s lifestyle to live plastic-free and/or (almost) zero waste. You only need to change consumerist-driven habits into well-thought, pro-active actions that actually make a difference. Living and traveling zero waste is the new trend!

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