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GO GREEN THIS DIWALI BY NOT BURSTING CRACKERS AND AVOIDING PLASTIC

By Geetika Raleh . 6th November 2018 02:00pm
GO GREEN THIS DIWALI BY NOT BURSTING CRACKERS AND AVOIDING PLASTIC

The city’s Air Quality Index continues to worsen because of pollution, many have decided to go green this Diwali. Other than not bursting crackers, this new eco-friendly attitude is also demonstrated by the promise of not gifting any plastic products or using plastic while packing the gifts.

Juhi Chawla is one of the most prominent speakers who openly speak on the idea of plastic free Diwali. Posting a video on her Twitter account she said, I’m opting for eco-friendly packaging this Diwali. I pledge to look out for biodegradable alternatives for plastic materials. I urge you to join me. I’m excited to see your plastic-free packaging ideas. Upload a picture with #MeriPlasticFreeDiwali & I’ll share my favorite ones.

Retired IAS officer, Anoop Srivastav, who runs an NGO Campaign appreciates the idea and said, When people hold festive parties, a lot of plastic is used — cutlery, spoons, and bottles. We’re so used to using disposable plastic stuff, and need to change this habit. The magnitude of plastic pollution is tremendous. Tonnes of plastic waste is produced and go into unregulated dumps, landfills. Very little of this plastic waste is recycled. There’s a dire need for increasing plastic recycling. There are plastic waste management rules of the government, which aren’t followed by the concerned agencies. One of our strategies is to create awareness on plastic waste management rules.

Schools in NCR are trying their level best to spread the word and awareness too. Deepak Singh from one of the reputed schools said, Please let us breathe. We took the kids to residential societies to discourage residents from polluting this Diwali.