Blog-a-thon: HEY PLASTIC YOU’RE NOT WELCOME HERE!

This blog-a-thon submission comes from Aakriti Krishnan,  a 7th grade student at The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. Aakriti likes Mathematics, English, French and Chemistry. She enjoys classical dancing (Bharatnatyam), swimming, skating and cycling. She likes traveling to places to know about other people and their culture. Aakriti’s blog is about the efforts of her community to cut down on plastic.

A community is home to many plants, animals and micro-organisms. All of them need to maintain the environment in a respectable way, to live harmoniously. Humans tend to disrespect the environment around them by polluting it, and one of the most dangerous pollutants is plastic, especially plastic bags.  Plastic bags block drains and kill plants and animals by preventing them from breathing properly.  Fossil fuels are needed to make plastic.

They don’t sound so ‘cool’ now, do THEY?

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Plastic bags below 40 microns were banned in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh (INDIA) on 1st July 2011. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commissioner, Mr. M.T. Krishna Babu, seized 200 tons of plastic bags that were less than 40 microns of thickness. It was worth Rs. 80-90 lakhs.  Most shops in the city charge about 2-5 rupees for a plastic bag. In my locality, all shops have implemented this ban.

One of them said that he used to give around 80-90 plastic bags per day, and now it has reduced to 10-20. Another says, 85-90% of his customers bring their own carry bags.
I can proudly say that our community has taken this government rule in a positive way. Though our community is probably one amongst millions of communities, even one drop of poison in a bucket of pure water will poison the entire thing.  The ban has made our locality cleaner. I happened to see a video on YouTube that showed a machine invented by the Japanese that converts plastic into oil. The world will definitely start collecting garbage if they find out!

ak1.JPGThe ban has made my family and me so much more conscious about the environment. None of us ever go out shopping without a cloth or jute bag. Even the roads have become a colorful delight when people carry their own colorful cloth bags, instead of the boring pale colored plastic bags.
We are doing our bit, Are you?

Let’s say Goodbye to the:
P – Polluting
L – Lasting
A – Annoying
S – Suffocating
T – Tough
I – Irritating
C – Chemical

Aakriti Krishnan

7 thoughts on “Blog-a-thon: HEY PLASTIC YOU’RE NOT WELCOME HERE!

  1. thank you Vikas,
    I have taken these pictures form a shop near my house ,the shop is called suresh.

  2. Thanks sir.
    No sir I think that I have not made my point clear,the shops are forced to give a plastic bags(above 40 microns) to some adament customers, but they are charged money for the bag to ensue that they get their bags the next time they visit the shop.
    The link to the video that I have mentioned in my blog is as follows
    http://www.gits4u.com/envo/envo5.htm

  3. Good work Aakrithi, your picture and content was nice and very informative. where were the pictures taken? it is a good effort you have taken.This paragraph was an eyeopener to me

    “Plastic bags below 40 microns were banned in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh (INDIA) on 1st July 2011. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commissioner, Mr. M.T. Krishna Babu, seized 200 tons of plastic bags that were less than 40 microns of thickness. It was worth Rs. 80-90 lakhs. Most shops in the city charge about 2-5 rupees for a plastic bag. In my locality, all shops have implemented this ban.One of them said that he used to give around 80-90 plastic bags per day, and now it has reduced to 10-20. Another says, 85-90% of his customers bring their own carry bags.”

  4. Good work for a 7th grader!
    Do you think it is right for shops to sell plastic bags when it has been banned? Does it not defeat the purpose of reducing plastic waste?
    You have referred to a video about converting plastic waste to oil. Interesting! Can you provide the link to that YT vid?

  5. Aakrithi the article was good. It does bring a scene of awareness to the community as a whole and to every individula . At the end of the day ” we” individulas collectively go to make a community. Great attempt by your govenment . Thanks for sharing it with the NatGeo Blog A Thon.

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