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International Plastic Bag Free Day: Hyderabad Organises ‘Plastic Suffocation Campaign’ To Spread Awareness About Plastic Pollution

Sanitation officials will cover their faces with plastic carry bags and walk around the city to educate people about the urgent need to ditch plastic bags

Mumbai: On an average, plastic bags are used for 25 minutes and unfortunately, they take minimum 1000 years to degrade, thus polluting world’s oceans and lands. Most of the people are unaware of the fact that one million plastic bags are used every minute. To educate people about its ill-effects and put an end to the rampant usage of plastic carry bags in Hyderabad, the civic body has organised a city-wide rally called ‘Plastic Suffocation Campaign’. Under this drive the sanitation officials tie a plastic bag around their faces and walk in public areas to mark International Plastic Bag Free Day which is celebrated on July 3 every year.

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While conducting the rally, the officials will talk about the disadvantages of using plastic bags along with suggesting alternatives like jute, paper or cloth bags.

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Plastic is literally choking our planet, marine life, environment and water bodies. We keep on hearing about how marine animals are becoming extinct or how tonnes of plastic is recovered from a dead marine animal. This very message has to reach people and for that our officials will give a symbolic demonstration on the streets of Hyderabad, says Zonal Commissioner Hari Chandana Dasari, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

The rallies started from 8 am to target people on their way to offices to attract maximum attention. It will go on till late evening. Public places like malls, bus stops, railways, markets, parks are being targeted.

Besides, the symbolic procession, the GHMC has also roped in more than 50 schools in each of the zones in the city to take a pledge against single use plastic items.

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Around ten lakh students are expected to commit themselves towards a plastic bag free lifestyle to mark this day.

“Children are most obvious option for bringing about a long-term change. If they stop using plastic now, then after a few decades a significant change will be seen. We have asked children to discontinue using plastic bottles and tiffins and instead carry a steel dabba and bottle. Many school authorities have also taken a decision to discourage usage of plastic items in school activities,” says Ms Dasari.

After a blanket ban was imposed by the Telangana government last month, all the government offices started following a plastic free life and all the plastic cutlery, bags, boxes have been removed from the offices.

In June this year, the GHMC banned plastic carry bags below 50 microns in the city and urged everyone to switch to eco-friendly alternatives. In the very first month, the GHMC seized around 700 kilos of plastic carry bags below 50 microns during the raids.

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    July 4, 2018 at 11:27 am

    A Study by scientists from the state university of New York has found that more than 90 percent of bottled water worldwide , including India , contains tiny pieces of plastic . Polypropylene , used to make plastic caps, was the most common polymeric material,54% found in samples while nylon was the second most abundant 16%.Plastic identified in 93% of samples. Researchers found 10.4 micro plastic particles per litre .Sales of bottled water in India is Rs 7040 cr in 2016.

    The negative impact of plastic pollution is found inside our bodies. And these chemicals inside our bodies are likely contributing to a wide range of harmful health issues. We therefore request you to see that Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Remove should be the ultimate aim of All governments to End Plastic pollution in World.

    To End Plastic Pollution and to recognize World Water Day, let’s take a look at how microplastic pollution gets into our drinking water supply. Here are some facts for you to consider:

    PLASTIC POLLUTION FACT: Microplastics (extremely small pieces of plastic) are present in almost all water systems in the world—streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

    PLASTIC POLLUTION FACT: 83% of the samples of tap water tested from major metropolitan areas around the world were contaminated with plastic fibers. In another study, 93% of water samples from major bottled water suppliers from around the world showed signs of microplastic contamination, including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

    The ways microplastics enter our water supply are surprising. Microplastics emanate from clothing, cosmetics, car tires, and paint chips, among other sources. They’re also created from all plastic items as they erode into smaller and smaller pieces.You might think that water purification systems run by cities and companies remove these microplastics, but you would be wrong. Plastic fibers are so tiny that they seem to be able to pass through the filtering systems used to purify the water from streams or rivers that goes into our homes and water bottles. They are also small enough to be easily transported by the wind.

    Since we seem to be drinking water contaminated with microplastics, what impact does this have on our health? We know that plastics contain chemicals added during the manufacturing process and that plastics absorb other toxins from the water. We know that those chemicals, when consumed by humans, have been associated with some health issues.You’ll be surprised to learn the ways plastic in drinking water can potentially harm the people who drink it!

    Waste Management has strong linkages to arrange of other global challenges like Health, climate change, poverty, Education, Food and resource security, sustainable production and consumption. Population continues to grow, Migration from rural tourban areas increase, Waste per person increases in consumption rises.Lowerincome cities in Africa and Asia will double their solid waste generation in coming years.

    Public Health impacts of uncollected waste

    1) Gastrointestinal and Respiratory infections,particularly in children.

    2) Blocked Drains aggravate floods and spread Infectious diseases.

    Enviromental impacts of open dumping and burning

    1)Severe land pollution and freshwater , groundwater and sea pollution

    2) Local air pollution and Greenhouse gas Emissions.

    Atlast The Cleanliness of the city , state and country can be used as a proxy indicator of Good Governance. “No-one in their daily life within a period of 10 minutes isn’t touching something that is made of plastic,”. “The plastic waste in the oceans is disastrous for marine and bird life, and the human race has to avoid disposal of this waste in a way that enables it to enter drains, rivers, and eventually the ocean, Research suggests that the chemical could be harming children’s kidneys and hearts, independent of the heart issues related to obesity. Over the past two decades, the share of children with defective tooth enamel has been rising . This enamel defect “now affects 15 to 20 percent of children six to nine years old,” Polyvinylchloride (#3PVC) In plastics Can cause cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, chronic bronchitis, ulcers, skin diseases, deafness, vision failure, indigestion, and liver dysfunction .Its High time to measure the Hazardous effects of PLASTIC and ban plastic covers, Bottles ( Bags) and even goods made of plastic. If we don’t ban plastic our land fills up and we have to send our garbage to dump it into Mars , Now the time has come to ban plastic or ban Human beings from Earth , Better to go with the earlier one to Ban Plastic. Waste per capita increases with income level, 7-10 Billion tonnes of solid waste from urban house holds, commerce , industry and construction. By the next 10 years, Earth will become 4 degrees hotter than its now. Himalayan glaciers are melting at a rapid rate, so all of us lend our hand to fight global warming. Plant more trees, don’t waste water. Don’t use or burn plastics. In India, the Government of Himachal Pradesh has banned the use of plastics and so has Ladakh district. Other states should emulate their example.

    Find alternatives to plastic products whenever possible. Some specific suggestions:

    § Buy food in glass or metal containers; avoid polycarbonate drinking bottles with Bisphenol A

    § Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap.

    § Do not give young children plastic teethers or toys

    § Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture

    § Avoid all PVC and Styrene products

    § Buy food in glass or metal containers

    § Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap

    § Do not give young children plastic teethers or toys

    § Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture

    Avoid all PVC and Styrene produce, If we don’t measure it, we cannot manage it.



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