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