Global plastic pollution and the damage it causes to our world is one of the most urgent and complex challenges that we face today. Nowadays we are all more aware of the shocking quantity of plastic used day-to-day, how little is recycled, and how this is degrading our planet. With the rise in concern over climate change and environmental degradation, plastic pollution and plastic waste management have become the focal point of worry. It is not an easy task to proscribe a material that has become deeply enrooted in the modern economy. The demand for plastics is increasing in the Indian market as there is increased demand for automobiles, electronics, pipes and agriculture, infrastructure and packaging.
Unfortunately, there is no recycling for about 70% of the plastic the country consumes and they are simply discarded in most Indian cities. Thus, the world’s largest democracy lodges vast trash heap of plastics in vacant lots or choking up water bodies, recoiling India’s ambitious intent to phase out single-use plastic (SUP). Everybody is concerned with plastic wastes due to its slow decomposition, the release of toxic chemicals in the environment, creation of dirty surroundings, killing of stray animals, polluting the atmosphere, degrading the environment and health hazards.
Single Use Plastic Free India Campaign
Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA), in association with like-minded organisations, youth organisations and academic institutions, launched a Multi-Event Campaign for Single Use Plastic Free India on 2nd October 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram. The campaign includes student and youth assembly, panel exhibitions, photo exhibitions, poster exhibitions, street plays, environmental songs, recitations, skit, mime, folk songs, Exhibition on alternatives of Plastic, various competitions etc. The Multi event campaign will continue for one year and will cover all districts of Kerala.
SUP free Campuses
A campaign to stop using plastic ball point pen and to use ink pen by all students will be the first activity in each campus. Further school managements will be urged to declare their campuses single use plastic free and all types of SUP’s are eliminated.
SUP Free Eateries
A massive movement involving restaurants, hotels and traders to stop using unnecessary disposable items, such as plastic straws, drink stirrers, toothpicks, and lids for cups, or make available upon request only; plastic straw, use real plates, cutlery, glasses cloth napkins; provide glass or stainless steel water dispensers for self-serve or refill pitchers; and to use eco-friendly alternatives where ever possible.
National Expo and Seminar on Single Use Plastic Alternatives is an exploration of how we can reduce or eliminate the use of single use plastics, find and source highly sustainable alternative bio-based materials, design and create biodegradable, reusable, and compostable products and packaging solutions, encourage marketing of highly sustainable products catering to consumer demands and showcase circular business models. All the companies and organizations attending the event have the common goal of offering sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste and contribute to improving the global plastic pollution crisis.
The event will be a platform for laying the foundation for a mass movement against single use plastics in India.