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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