Packed and dis­posed

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This is re­gard­ing the col­umn "Plas­tic, the hun­gry cater­pil­lar" (1-15 Au­gust, 2017) by Rakesh Kal­shian. The need of the hour is to de­vise a plan for the man­u­fac­tur­ers of fast mov­ing con­sumer goods to take back the non-biodegrad­able pack­ag­ing of their prod­ucts. Be­sides waste seg­re­ga­tion at source, we need to in­cen­tivise the use of leaves like palasha (Butea monosperma) and siali (Bauhinia vahlii). Dis­pos­able table­ware can be made from are­ceanut leaves and bagasse can be used for pack­ing food. Ear­lier, asafoetida and curd were sold in stitched Butea monosperma leaves, and left­over thali leaves from restau­rants were fed to cows.

C V KRISHNA MANOJ VIA EMAIL

It was shock­ing to know that at least 80 per cent of Amer­i­cans have in­gested plas­tics that are mea­sur­ably present within their bod­ies, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tre for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion, US. In­dian con­sumers and man­u­fac­tur­ers should note and re­duce the con­sump­tion of plas­tic.

BHARATH KU­MAR VIA EMAIL

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