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An Exchange On Twitter Led Anand Mahindra To A Big Decision To Ban Plastic Bottles From Boardrooms. Here’s What Happened

Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, shared a couple of pictures on social media, an observant user pointed out the presence of plastic bottles and suggested that to switch to steel water bottles

A Tweet From Anand Mahindra Led Him To A Big Decision To Ban Plastic Bottles From Boardrooms. Here’s What Happened

New Delhi: Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group is popular among Netizens for being proactive on micro-blogging site Twitter, and constantly putting out his views on a wide variety of social and economic issues apart from updating his followers on matters related to his company. Just like putting out any other update on social media, on Tuesday (July 16), Anand Mahindra posted about K.C.M.E.T (K.C. Mahindra Education Trust) scholarship selections and that one tweet and following replies made him vow to banish plastic bottles from corporate boardrooms.

“The K.C.M.E.T scholarship selections are amongst the most energising engagements in my calendar. The incredible intelligence and self-belief displayed by these youngsters is staggering. All concerns about the future are shoved aside by the optimism these young people inspire,” Mr Mahindra tweeted along with a couple of pictures.

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In one of the photos, 10 plastic water bottles are seen. While many users didn’t pay any heed to the single-use plastic water bottles, an observant and environment conscious user instantly pointed out the plastic bottles and suggested to have steel water bottles.

“I think the board room should have steel bottle instead of plastic bottle.. Just an observation sir”, wrote Mitali, drawing attention to the ongoing debate and discussion around the world about how to fight plastic pollution.

Acknowledging this response to his tweet, Mr Mahindra straightaway responded saying, “Yes, plastic bottles will be banished. We were all embarrassed to see them that day…”

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Following Mitali, other twitterati started sharing eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to plastic water bottles. One of the users suggested copper bottles and hitting two birds with one stone – discarding the use of plastic and improving one’s health as drinking from a copper vessel comes with varied health benefits.

Another user suggested practising BYOB (bring your own bottle) and refilling water bottle though water dispensers. He wrote, “All should carry their own bottles from home. With the weight of laptop/lunch box, 1 litre of water from home is no big deal. If anyone wants to consume more water, water dispensers can be used and employee should be charged ₹10/litre. The accumulated amount should be matched by Mahindra’s and used for water conservation projects.”

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One of the comments suggested getting rid of the single-use plastic water bottles by switching to glass bottles.

And there were more recommendations on social media.


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A user questioned Mr Mahindra’s decision of banning plastic water bottles only from boardrooms and asked ‘why not in the full company under the brand’.

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Another user thinks banning is not the solution but educating individuals about plastic use is pivotal.

The fight against plastic doesn’t end by simply switching to sustainable alternatives because the need of the hour is to reuse and recycle the existing plastic waste. Backing the same, Mr Mahindra shared a photo of two-wheelers parked inside a broken water tank.

He captioned the picture as, “I had tweeted about banning plastic water bottles in my office & I suppose that could apply to a number plastic products around us. But good to see people creatively recycling stuff as well!”

Since Tuesday, Mr Mahindra’s reply to Mitali’s suggestion has garnered over 3100 likes, 285 retweets and 243 comments. Share your suggestions on how to fight plastic menace in the comments section below.

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