The omnipresent plastic bag is now posing an existential crisis for the planet. Every minute the world consumes 1 million plastic shopping bags and India is one of the highest consumers of plastics. Being non-biodegradable, it takes up to 1000 years to decompose and in its lifespan adversely affects the soil, water, and air. Calls for a plastic ban or more effective ways of recycling plastic have been doing the rounds across the globe for some time now. Today, actor Juhi Chawla asked people to change their habit of using a plastic bag and instead opt for an alternative. On Twitter, she urged people to make this green switch and said, “It’s time to make a change today for the citizens of tomorrow.”
It's time to make a change today for the citizens of tomorrow….??? pic.twitter.com/8FkcrMf5Xu
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) July 10, 2017
Juhi Chawla is not alone, recently model and actor Dia Mirza had voiced her support against the use of plastic bags and had asked people to choose wisely.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) July 4, 2017
The world will consume around 5 trillion plastic bags this year, that is about 1 million bags a minute! One plastic bag kills 100,000 marine creatures every year due to plastic entanglement and around 1 million seabirds die just by eating plastic. The crisis has reached a stage where plastic is entering the human food chain as well. It is time to act. The market is flooded with alternatives to plastic bags – from jute bags to cotton bags, denim and canvas bags, there is no dearth of options, all it needs is awareness and change in habit.