eCoexist initiated work on cloth bags through a campaign called UseMeAgain in Pune. This campaign aimed to encourage people to switch to the use of cloth bags from plastic, and to buy or make bags that they could use again and again, hence the name. This approach came from the understanding that unless the Use and Throw attitude was replaced by a Reuse attitude, we would continue to generate waste of all kinds.
In this campaign we involved residents of Kalyani nagar, students from the two schools in this neighbourhood, shopkeepers and vegetable vendors. We went from house to house and shop to shop speaking to people about the need to replace plastic bags with cloth bags and to help them make a beginning offered free cloth and newspaper bags.
Beyond raising awareness, we also realised that unless there is a steady supply of natural alternatives materials such as plastic cannot be replaced. This was the beginning of our brand of cloth bags which we aptly named, the UseMeAgain bags.
The effectiveness of bans on plastic bags : A global comparative study
Events: Carrying the Earth 2016
Plastic Bag Legislation
The Virtual Internship programme run by eCoexist mentors students all over the world to study the plastic pollution issue in their own countries. The articles below are the outputs of their work. This programme is run in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, Swinburne University and Franklin University.