New Delhi: The viral trend of packaging vegetables and fruits in banana leaves instead of plastic from Thailand gets a thumbs up from Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra. Sharing a video with netizens about this trend, Durga Shanker Mishra asked businesses and people to come up with ways of saving the planet from the plastic load with such eco-friendly initiatives, he said,

I’m sharing a fabulous green initiative in Thailand which eases the burden of plastic pollution on our planet. Indian businesses, especially those dealing in foods & food products should definitely look into such eco-friendly options and may come up with many such indigenous initiatives.

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Further highlighting how India can follow the same route, he added,

We had age old practice of eating food on ‘Palash ke Pattal’, Lotus or Banana leaves etc & lot of utensils made of mitti. We have other such natural products which could be used as wrapping, packaging or plates for eating foods.

Such natural & eco-friendly products need to be revived to replace plastics & other non-degradable products, said Minister Durga Shanker Mishra.

Last year, India, during the 45th World Environment Day celebrations pledged to eliminate all single-use plastics – carry bags, straws, and water bottles among others from the country by 2022. In a hope to further strengthen the deadline and the government’s goal towards eliminating plastic, Minister Durga Shanker Mishra urged everyone to come up with eco-friendly ways to replace plastic.

Recently, taking a cue from Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand, a retail superstore in Chennai, SunnyBee, also started following this eco-friendly practice of wrapping its vegetables and fruits in Banana leaves. Here’s a hope that more and more stores will join in this practice and help make India truly swachh.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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