No more plastic


The ban on plastic use seems to be a knee-jerk reaction. It may be looked at as an eco-friendly measure, but are we prepared and ready for the change? What impact will the ban have on day-to-day life which is heavily dependent on plastics? The whirligig of time seems to have taken a full circle and we have to get back to the days of using glass bottles, stainless steel glasses, containers and cloth bags. Having been encouraged and supported by governments, the plastic industry has witnessed gargantuan growth. How do we propose to dispose of the huge stocks of plastic products, leave alone manage the collapse of the industry in which lakhs of people work? Would it prove to be another demonetisation drive?

Such a drastic and life-changing move should have been taken through in stages and after ensuring that there are viable product substitutes and alternative jobs for those in the industry (“They keep calm and try green alternatives in maximum city”, June 25).

S.V. Venkatakrishnan,

San Jose, California, U.S.


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