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March 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm

@Mahesh,

Agree with your view that crushed sugarcane fibre and other such alternatives have to be tried out and introduced widely in the markets especially in the case of kirana stores and other such places like factories where fmcg’s or other products where plastics are used as wrappers or pouches. Even the betelnut, gutka, cigarette and bidi industries use plastics.

 

Even sweet shops and medical stores too need to be provided this alternative. If for these segments of products which are consumed by the vast majority of population alternatives are provided and made to be used for packaging with biodegradable material only then definitely a solution is possible.

 

One more interesting thing I find is medical shops which were using plastics earlier even to give small strips of tablets have now dispensed with the use of plastics and have again started paper covers which they used to use earlier too. That for me provides a ray of hope. Thanks for you inputs.

March 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm

Plastic is deadlier issue nowadays. One must know when to use it and what type like micron size. Every government is insisting the use of plastic with major recommendations. We should must care our nation instead of worrying about pollution .Each one of us is responsible for this issue and hence taking care about it is must and needful one at this moment

March 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm

@manasha,

Yes the size of the plastic the is measured in microns plays a very important role in the control and regulation of plastics which end up resulting as a thrash in each and every nook and corners of all cities in our country. In our city the government has banned the use of plastics with the lower amount of microns. They also have seized the finished stocks of finished plastic material when the same after being banned was produced by the plastic companies.

 

If such measures are taken on a continuous basis all over the country then we can stem the tide of used plastic being dumped across the cities. These plastics which are of small microns also fly easily and travel long distances depending on the pattern of the wind. So if a city of town is nearby a forest area this plastic will fly into the forest core zone too.

 

It also gets struck in pipes and drains and clogs them. During rainy season these same plastics travel with the water and land in all the water bodies polluting them as they takes decades to get degraded. Thanks for your valuable input. Keep commenting and continue earning too. Happy writing.

March 14, 2017 at 8:32 pm

The silly thing with our technology is that it discovers many things, finds a  solution to every problem but never roots out the problem,  It should be perennial for others to make a big business out of it . Many people say and support to ‘NO PLASTIC’ without making any publicity of their business.when we say NO PLASTIC the question of WASTE MANAGEMENT DOES NOT REAIRED.

March 14, 2017 at 10:28 pm

@shivamani

Man creates new things without realizing the effects of the same on the environment as he finds using them convenient and creates a industry to run and manufacture new things which are created with no thought to the aftereffects of creation. Life was very good when I was young as I would not find plastic as I find it strewn all around when I happen to go out.

 

Governments, people and the industries who have created this mess have to bear collectively responsibility to come out of this mess which has been created and which we find it unable to clear it now from the the cities, forests, highways and other such places. This is a wake up call. The sooner this is realized by all the better it is for the planet.

March 14, 2017 at 10:48 pm

It is actually true that plastic is a slow poison but of course most of us will ignore that fact as usual. Most of the things we buy in the markets are packed with plastic bags. I remember back in the day in our country the government burnt tge use of plastic bags everywhere. Because they used to clog up drenches, sewers that caused blockages, animals would pick up those bags and chew on them then they turn out to be toxins yet thats the meat that we will consume at some point, it caused a lot of waste all over that when it was heaped up it became a danger to people like spreading diseases that became harzadous to humans. Another thing is inside our houses. We do have plastic containers that are used to store food in our freezers, sometimes the food is left there for weeks and that poses as danger, we also use the same palstics when we are warming our foods in the microwave, what we don’t know is that when that food is heating, the container also melts which releases toxins into the food and we still eat it. So yes i do agree that plastics are bad for anyone’s health.

March 14, 2017 at 11:03 pm

@sauda

Agree with what you told about cooking of food and warming in microwave at the plastic also goes into the food and the same is consumed by the family in the house where such a thing is done. This is very risky as it has contents like lead, mercury, zinc, tar etc. Many of the plastics are usually recycled and sold and one must be careful when buying plastics to store foods that it is manufactured for the  purpose for what it is being used. There are even cases where plastic containers which are used to store pulses etc. Have been found to be looking in to the food stored before they are being cooked.

Thus the food grains are already contaminated. One more thing is there are many varieties of plastics meant for different purposes and the common man is not aware of what is for what and using all of them for all purposes thus compounding the issue. Animals which eat plastics have found to be having kilos of plastics in the stomach when they are dead. This would have poisoned the animal and the same is happily consumed as the factories simply remove throw the plastic and sell the meat to the consumer who is not aware of this detail. Thanks for the inputs.

March 15, 2017 at 7:37 am

I have been purchasing cases of 24 plastic bottles of purified water from the supermarket. Is there a better solution for me to get purified water that would not involve the purchase of an average of 48 individual 12 oz. plastic bottles? I do know that the plastic bottles are recyclable but the caps must not be sent with the bottles and that even then I wonder what they do with these plastic bottles once they reach the city recycle centers.

March 15, 2017 at 11:05 am

@lookat

I do not know the country in which you reside. In our country you do get a twenty liter bottle which has to be returned to the shop from whom we buy the water to be replaced by a fresh 20 liter plastic bottle. The clean the old bottle will before refilling the bottle with fresh water and capping it then selling it back to customers. We also get the small varieties of 50 ml, 1 liter and  two and half liter variety too in the market.

We avoid going for that unless it is a rare occasion like travel. We again keep the bottle in the house and use it for around three months by refilling water from the big pack which we buy. Later we collect all kinds of plastic wastes in our house and sell it to the old news paper person who buys the same at around fifteen rupees a kilo which he accumulates and sells it to whose sale shop keepers who are in the business from there they go to factories based on each plastic thickness and quality they are separated and sent to respective places where they are used as raw material for recycle to prepare new plastics and the new products again come in various forms and shapes with different uses back to us.

In our house we even collect the bottle caps too as otherwise it becomes plastic and sell it to the person I mentioned above. We see that no such waste is thrown as it is toxic and releases chemicals over a period of time in the earth and the air too. Thanks for the query and hope my answer proves useful.

March 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

I also think a lot like you.
We ought to waste less, and not throw garbage, except in the garnage bins.
Segregation, Sorting and proper utilization of different types of waste- biodegradable, fruit/veggie waste etc could be turned into big business if we all think seriously and collaborate.
Government should give tax concessions to corporations- private or public for waste management for at least 10 years.
Newer techniques need to be adopted.
Composting should be promoted(as was done in Taraq Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah recently).

March 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm

@PEEUSH TRIKHA

True if we generate less amount of plastics or use at least half the amount of what we use now a lot of toxic waste and pollution can be reduced. But we have to share this thought in our country with a 1.25 billion minds which I am trying to do through various fora. Many have shared this article and it has been again shared by their friends too. This is very good as it creates a beginning although very small.

 

But once people start to implement the principles in their own small ways and do what is supposed to be done to the best extent individually possible then society will also come to an agreement as a whole. By the time these changes get effected and the good work can be seen on ground more plastic is being generated that is compounding the problem. Agree with you as what you told about the TV serial. Thanks for the inputs.