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‘Eco-friendly Products Need To Be Revived To Replace Plastic’, Says Minister Durga Shanker Mishra Lauding The Green Initiative From Thailand

India has pledged to eliminate single-use-plastic from the country by 2022, to further strengthen the government’s deadline, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra urges people to look for plastic alternatives, shares an inspiring video from Thailand

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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