A few ci­ti­zens show the way, opt for cloth and pa­per bags to shop

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT FOR NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta & Ab­hishek Desai sang­hami­tra.sen­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Vashi res­i­dent Lalita Sham­sun­dar, 64, has not used plas­tic bags for the last eight years. The fam­ily de­cided to ‘say no to plas­tic’ af­ter Sham­sun­dar’s daugh­ter did a project on the same in her col­lege and de­cided to ap­ply anti-plas­tic mea­sures in her home as well.

“My daugh­ter is re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing us stop us­ing plas­tic bags. Since then, we have opted to use cot­ton bags. We also spread the mes­sage in our neigh­bour­hood to try and con­vince as many peo­ple as possi-

How much ef­fort does it take to carry a cloth bag while shop­ping?

BK JAIN, 63, who hasn’t plas­tic bags for years

ble to stop us­ing plas­tic bags,” she said.

Fifty six-year- old Maria Mer­chant, a nurse by pro­fes­sion, has been stay­ing away from plas­tic for the last five years. “It is not that peo­ple don’t know the haz­ardous ef­fects of plas­tic, they just ig­nore them for the ma­te­rial’s util­ity value. We must re­mem­ber that an­i­mals are the most af­fected by our cal­lous atti- tude — they con­sume plas­tic, which gets stuck in their in­testines,” she said.

An­other city res­i­dent, 63-yearold BK Jain, said: “We are re­peat­edly made aware of the con­se­quences of us­ing plas­tic but peo­ple opt for com­fort in­stead. How much ef­fort does it take to carry a cloth bag while shop­ping?” said Jain, who has gave up the use of plas­tic years ago.

For Sea­woods res­i­dent De­vaki Pa­tel, car­ry­ing cloth bags is a must rit­ual she has been fol­low­ing for a decade. “Even when I leave for work, I carry at least two of them just in case I de­cide to buy some­thing on my way back,” she said.

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