Why don't we go full blast on demolishing the plastic menace?From the 1st of January 2019, if one uses plastic, in any form, he or she would be liable to be arrested and fined. The Tamil Nadu Government is quite serious about implementing the ban.
However, we need to look at alternatives. In the Kanyakumari district, for instance, in the same State of Tamil Nadu, the then Collector implemented a total ban on plastics and encouraged the mass production of paper and cloth bags. Out went the instructions to the hotels that unless the customers brought their own aluminum or ever silver vessels, the parcels should not be given.
Such practices need to be implemented on a state-wide basis. Similarly, we need to look at innovative solutions and alternatives. For example, the lightweight superb cloth bags are given in all shops in the city of Bangalore for Rs 8/10/15. They are reusable and people should be encouraged to buy and use them.