The UseMeAgain Campaign
An effort to get citizens of Pune to use and reuse cloth shopping bags
|eCoexist has initiated a new drive in Kalyaninagar, Pune to raise awareness about the need to stop the use of plastic carry bags.|
If you would like to include your society in this campaign please contact Rohit Kanaglekar at email@example.com
DO YOU KNOW THAT THE PUNE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION HAS BANNED ALL TYPES OF PLASTIC CARRY BAGS?
Here is the text of the PMC resolution
“For the several past years the question of waste in the city of Pune has reached serious dimensions. Amongst this is the issue of plastic. The percentage of plastic in the waste is quite high and therefore does not degrade easily. Plastic waste that is buried in the landfill or destroyed in any other way does not decompose easily. Therefore, we request that there should be a 100% ban on the use of plastic carry bags.”
Proposed by: Mr Ashok Yenpure and Mr Dilip Umberkar on 19 May 2009
WHY BAN PLASTIC CARRY BAGS?
- Plastic is made out of petroleum - which is a diminishing natural resource
- Plastic carry bags choke drainage lines leading to floods
- Stray animals eat plastic bags containing food and die
- Plastic bags that are burnt release toxic gases that are harmful to health
- Plastic bags that are buried take thousands of years to decompose
- Plastic bags that are buried release toxic chemicals into the ground
- PLASTIC BAGS CANNOT BE RECYCLED COMPLETELY
WHAT CAN YOU DO ?
- REFUSE to accept a plastic carry bag
- NEVER demand a plastic carry bag
- ALWAYS carry your own shopping bag
- ONLY use cloth or paper shopping bags
- REUSE your shopping bags again and again
- REMEMBER to carry a utensil for wet foods such as dairy products
- TEACH your children (or your parents!) about the problems of plastic bags
- SPREAD the word in your family, neighbourhood and locality
- SUPPORT the efforts to eliminate plastic carry bags
THE USEMEAGAIN CAMPAIGN IN KALYANI NAGAR
eCoexist will launch the UseMeAgain campaign in Kalyani nagar on the 26th January 2010 at 8.00 am in the Joggers Park of Kalyani nagar.
This campaign aims to make Kalyani nagar free of plastic carry bags.
It will promote the use of paper pouches, bags and cloth bags.
The UseMeAgain campaign encourages people to use their shopping bags again and again and reduce the plastic waste we generate in our locality. It will include local grocery stores, malls, schools, corporates, citizens groups and residential associations in the drive.
After the event on the 26th eCoexist will be coordinating a sustained effort to raise awareness through education sessions in schools, creating supply groups for alternatives and helping societies establish systems of reuse.
For further information please contact Manisha 09850084383 or Rohit at 9890469607 or Nalini at 9923234184
If you would like to volunteer / contribute in any way do contact us!
The UseMeAgain campaign has been partially sponsored by Young Indians.