Monday, June 8, 2009

Getting Rid of the Killer Bags

We, all the species of life are the collective owners and stake-holders of this mother planet. We are at risk of creating a world that is fast converting into an inhospitable place to host living beings. The responsibility of not stretching its resources too far lies squarely on the shoulders of each one of us. We have to put in our best in order to bequeath a livable home to the succeeding generations. Plastic shopping bags are not biodegradable because they do not decompose fully whereas paper bags are reusable and biodegradable. In Pakistan, the use of plastic shopping bags is rampant much to the detriment of the ecological poise. However some of the supermarkets use paper that has never been recycled before and they always say "recyclable" not "recycled". This is precisely the message that we are trying to disseminate. Our friends and activists roam about in the markets and meet both the vendors as well the as the buyers, apprising them of the hazardous effects of using the plastic shopping bags. As a result of this restless campaign, most of the buyers are now convinced that they need not use any bag at all if the purchase is small; this alone could save hundreds of millions of bags. Most of the concerned members of the civil society have now started using their own reusable cloth bags or string bags when they intend to buy more things.
The positive response both from the sellers as well as the buyers promise more success if the circumference of the operation is enlarged. Subject to availability of time, resources and manpower, we are planning the things just in this very direction.

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