It’s time to stop using that plastic cutlery
Aanchal Sharma
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29/07/2021

Plastic has become so abundant in our environment that it is now being detected in our air, drinking water, and even in unborn fetuses. Plastic is non Biodegradable and its consumption by our wildlife is deteriorating is killing them. Recently a cow was operated and 70 kg of plastic was removed. The streams in which […]

Plastic has become so abundant in our environment that it is now being detected in our air, drinking water, and even in unborn fetuses. Plastic is non Biodegradable and its consumption by our wildlife is deteriorating is killing them. Recently a cow was operated and 70 kg of plastic was removed.

Plate, China, Eating, Tableware, Spoon, Fork, Cutlery
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The streams in which plastic is dumped go around our forests and are again consumed by wildlife. Because of which many rare species are losing their life.

Be it small open eateries or vegetable vendors selling plastic straws with coconuts, all of this is dumped as garbage. Every day on an average 50 people visits a single small eatery shop now if you add all cities and states you can’t imagine how much Cutlery single-use plastics is being thrown away. Even a mountain can look small in front of this.

The reason for plastic consumption is their price and of course durability.
But, now we have a lot of Biodegradable options available. But, the sad part is these options are the way too expensive.

For a vegetable vendor buying a single straw for 20 paise is economical than buying a 1 rupee straw. He can easily buy 1000 Straws for just 200 whereas he will have to buy 100 Straws for 100 rupees. We have to cut the prices of Biodegradable items in order to sell them.

A Biodegradable Cutlery is again not affordable. To buy expensive cutlery one would have to increase their menu prices. Which again is not economical for small eatery owners.

A 5 rupee chips packet is easily bought and thrown. So first try to start by segregating the plastic. Recycling it. I think the best way is to recycle, reuse. And Biodegradable items made cheaper than plastic.

We want the authorities to make Biodegradable items way cheaper /low cost than their plastic counterparts. And every day so much deforestation is going on for the paper industry. A normal notebook costs 10 to 20 rupees but a recycled paper notebook costs more than 100 rupees. So obviously underprivileged children will opt for the paper from deforestation.

So, we want Biodegradable and recycled items to be of low cost so the below poverty line find these items economical.

Aanchal Sharma
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Dentist, environmentalist, writer. Editor of a local online news portal, author of comic fictions
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