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Make the Environment Free of Plastics, Not Free For Plastics!

Make the Environment Free of Plastics, Not Free For Plastics!

"These companies have drawn a line in the sand, pledging to do their bit to stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution", Sage said.

The call is coming on the heels of the 2018 World Environment Day slated for June 5, with the theme: "Beat Plastic Pollution". If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.

"India and China, frankly speaking, are in the lead of solving their environment issues, obviously there had been challenges", he said.

Critics charge that Japanese consumers and retailers use too much plastic, as a mania for elaborate packaging results in nearly everything being wrapped - even single pieces of fruit. He talked about environmental friendly steps taken by Engro in Thar and said that nature has to be preserved, which can only be done as a collaborative effort from all. "Fifteen thousand tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered", Javadekar said.

At the same time, five trillion of plastic bags are produced globally and they eventually end up at landfills, polluting the ground water, surface water and the entire environment. India has set an example in beating plastic pollution at the world stage by showcasing best practices and innovations, he told PTI.

He said India was his choice to host this year's "World Environment Day" due to a variety of reasons, including its vast population and fast economic growth.

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"We have come so far with our recycling capabilities, so when it's not possible to reduce or reuse plastic we ask everyone to put their used plastic bottles and food packing into the relevant recycling bin where they can".

- June 5 is World Environment Day, a day that represents the single largest celebration of our environment.

Ikpeazu said that the usage of plastics could result in serious health consequences because it contained properties that were harmful to human health and the environment.

"We need action now".

Imran Sabir from Sepa said that people should stop the use of one-time plastic commodities, such as straws and cups, which would create a huge positive impact.

Discarded plastic is one of the biggest environmental threats facing the planet, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday to mark World Environment Day. The UN is encouraging everyone to play a game of "plastic pollution tag". This year's Wednesday theme: Beating Plastic Pollution, urges governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic products.


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