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Of the 9 million tonnes of plastic waste generated per year, only 60% is being recycled.

Covid has resurrected single-use plastic. Pandemic is turning clock back

Pre-coronavirus, ‘Bring your own’ tote bags, mugs and other foodware had become part of daily life for many US consumers. Not anymore.
A medical worker drops a Covid-19 test sample into a plastic bag at a testing site in Berkeley, California, US | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Plastic was the enemy until Covid struck. Now industry says it’s the hero

Plastics lobbyists have been everywhere during the pandemic, touting the role their products play in keeping food, health-care workers, and families safe.
A worker sorts plastic household waste at a warehouse in a recycling facility operated by Mysuru City Corp. in Mysuru, Karnataka, India. | Photo: Samyukta Lakshmi | Bloomberg

Toilet paper and other recycled goods are taking a big hit due to coronavirus

Recycled goods are irreplaceable parts of the supply chain for many industries and the Covid lockdown is having both an economic and ecological impact on them.
IAS officer Astik Kumar Pandey

IAS officer fines official Rs 5000 for giving him plastic-wrapped bouquet in Auragabad

The bouquet was given to welcome the IAS officer who took over as municipal commissioner. The Maharashtra govt last year put in place a ban on single-use plastic.
Tea served in kulhads or earthen cups

Kulhads aren’t exactly the eco-friendly alternative to plastic cups you think they are

Scientists say it’s better to use earthen cups than single-use plastics but ‘kulhads’ don’t have small carbon footprint & can take decades to degrade.
Pedestrians walk over plastic bags scattered on the pavement along Geeta Colony Setu over the River Yamuna, in New Delhi

5 facts that support Modi’s move to ban single-use plastic in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India will ban single-use plastic in the coming years.
A worker loads a rickshaw with empty plastic water bottles | PTI

No more nudges, RSS will now partner govt to ensure plastic-free India, water conservation

How the Sangh and its affiliates would help the Modi govt is likely to be discussed at a 3-day coordination meeting starting in Jaipur from 7 September.
Packets of milk

Half-litre milk pouches could cost more as Modi govt is set to phase out plastic packets

Rates of 1-litre milk packets to come down to discourage purchase of multiple plastic packs. Govt also plans to incentivise return of pouches to suppliers, & recycle them.

Some plastic packaging for food is necessary to protect the environment

Prolonging shelf life of food has important benefits for the environment. It minimises waste and conserves all valuable resources involved from farm to shelf.
Plastic straws | www, needpix.com

People make it so hard to ditch plastic straws

Eliminating plastic straws offers a case study in how simple solutions can be devilishly tricky to implement, thanks to behavioural quirks. Economics, though, offers a straightforward answer.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath waters Parijaat sapling ahead of the inception of Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram Temple. | PTI

After Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura will be easier. It’s PoK that poses big challenge for BJP

Ayodhya is the beginning of a new Hindu renaissance movement. India must channelise this energy to foster unity and work for economic resurgence.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

These are the 18 sectors that have been identified as ‘strategic’ for India by Modi govt

According to the plan, in strategic sectors, there will be a maximum of four public sector units and a minimum of one unit operating. The govt plans to exit the rest. 


Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

This is the 3-stage system Army movies go through in India to prevent an Ekta Kapoor ‘XXX’

MoD wrote to Censor Board last month emphasising that web series based on military subjects also require a no-objection certification, just like movies & TV serials do.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.