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Pre-coronavirus, ‘Bring your own’ tote bags, mugs and other foodware had become part of daily life for many US consumers. Not anymore.
Plastics lobbyists have been everywhere during the pandemic, touting the role their products play in keeping food, health-care workers, and families safe.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India will ban single-use plastic in the coming years.
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.
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.
Prolonging shelf life of food has important benefits for the environment. It minimises waste and conserves all valuable resources involved from farm to shelf.
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.