Gangtok, 03 Jul:
Members of Zero Waste Himalaya Group today distributed environment friendly bags as part of International Plastic Bag Free Day at the capital today.
According to members of Zero Waste Himalaya Group, the non-woven polypropylene bag which many of us use as a replacement to plastic bags are in fact just as much plastic and as harmful, if not even more so.
“Its nature of tearing down into smaller pieces and micro fibers makes it impossible to retrieve, and it causes more pollution than the regular plastic bag. The use of this plastic bag in the State therefore renders the plastic bag ban useless and ineffective,” the members said.
The members further said that they are working to raise awareness about PP bags, urging the State Government to include this bag under the plastic ban.
“We are also doing a campaign asking people to ‘Bring Your Own Bag’, and to refuse the single use plastic bags that are being handed out,” they informed.