Plastic ban: Cloth bags make foray into shops

From 1 January, ban on single-use plastic products came into force. Several business establishments started using alternatives such as cloth-bags in Chennai.

However, lately, there have been reports that some shops have again started using plastic products such as covers, cups, and other essentials.

In this regard, News Today reached out to organisations, residents and street hawkers.

Ravikumar, a shopkeeper at Valasaravakkam said, “I have almost stopped using plastic bags. Only few are available till the old stocks gets cleared.”

Palaniappa Nagar Association president Ganapathy said, “We keep conducting periodical awareness for the maintenance of eco-friendly environment. Such campaigns receive good response.”

“I have seen a street vendor who sells bananas. He has now started using cloth bags,” he added.
Some residents have also taken the initiative to encourage the plastic ban by selling cloth bags. Aradhana and Gopinath, a couple residing at the North Sivan Koil Street, Vadapalani has taken up the job of stitching cloth bags and they distribute them to shoppers on every Sunday. “The response for our cloth bags has been amazing,” they said.

Ramya, an IT professional and resident of Virugambakkam said, “It is our prime duty to safeguard the earth and environment. Hence, we should give up plastics.”

NT Bureau