Students return 1.64L plastic wraps
Chennai: School students of the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu have started a unique initiative. They are collecting plastic wrappers of edible items and sending them back to the manufacturers to stress the need for ecofriendly packaging.
Students of various schools in Thoothukudi have collected 1.64 lakh wrappers of different products and sent them to the concerned manufacturers as a part of the initiative of the Thoothukudi corporation. Out of the 1.64 lakh wrappers returned, around 82,940 were from leading food product manufacturer Britannia, followed by ITC at 30,005, and wafer-maker Nabati at 26,918.
The students’ initiative coincides with the town’s residents’ protest against industrial pollution caused by the Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant.
The consignment of plastic wrappers were sent to the manufacturers by post with a cover letter from the students and the corporation commissioner.
In their letter dated December 5, the students wrote, “We are happy with the taste and quality of your products. But we are unhappy with the packaging that they come in — which is made of plastic. We want to ensure a safe environment for our future generations and minimise our plastic footprint. We have decided to collect used plastic wrappers of your products and send them back to you for safe disposal.”
Students show plastic wrappers that they have collected