New Delhi: July 3 marks International Plastic Bag Free Day when the planet reminds itself of the significance to diminish the usage of plastic in regular life. Every year, this day is memorized to create awareness about the hazards caused by plastic pollution to the natural surroundings, be it land or marine life.
History of International Plastic Bag Free Day:
The crusade led by Zero Waste Europe’s Bag Free World became a global drive and July 3 was chosen as the day to inspire the use of eco-friendly products including paper and cloth bags and evade the usage of single-use plastic bags.
Masses around the globe memorize the day by organizing beach clean crusades, making settlements to go plastic-free and spreading awareness about the threat of plastic pollution.
Closer to home, in India, the Sikkim government had ordered the country’s first plastic-bag ban in 1998. India sanctioned the first plastic-waste management law in September 1999 with the target to curb the use of plastic carry bags (thickness 20 µm or less). Although several bans have been initiated since then, the situation remains stern across the country.
As per United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) details, 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. The world develops 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year which is similar to the weight of the entire human population. The report also warned that our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
It’s time to ‘Go Green’ and make surroundings- friendly choices if we want a pollution-free planet for the upcoming generation.