In a bid to protect the environment and prevent single use of plastic Tamilnadu Cheif Minister launched “Meendum Manjapai”, a campaign encouraging people to dump plastic bags and revert to using the traditional yellow cloth bag on Thursday.
The campaign known as ‘Meendum Manjapai Vizhipunarvu Iyakkam’ (Back to Yellow Cloth Bag Awareness Campaign) will be kicked off by Chief Minister M K Stalin as his government stresses the need to get back to healthy practices to protect the environment.
Launching the scheme, Mr Stalin said the campaign aims at reducing single-use plastic, which causes irreparable damage to the environment and natural resources.
The scheme aims at encouraging people to use cloth bags for shopping and other activities instead of those made of plastic. Though the Tamilnadu government had imposed a ban on plastic with effect from January 2019, it was not being followed by the people strictly prompting the government to launch the “Back to Yellow Bag” campaign.
The State Environment Department has taken steps to strictly implement a plastic ban and create awareness among all stakeholders.
Plastic affects human health. Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Plastic spoils our groundwater. Plastic attracts other pollutants. Plastic threatens wildlife. Plastic poisons our food chain. Plastic costs billions to abate. Plastic never goes away.
The yellow cloth bags are environment-friendly and ideal. Plastics are harmful to the environment and also to our health. People should be aware and stop using plastic bags.
PLASTIC WILL BE THE MAIN INGREDIENT IN ALL OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN’S RECIPES. WE ARE BEING CHOKED TO DEATH BY THE AMOUNT OF PLASTIC THAT WE THROW AWAY.
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