Stu­dents re­turn 1.64L plas­tic wraps

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - G Ja­gan­nath g.ja­gan­[email protected]­

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

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