PLASTIC has been a household item for innumerable years. With the recent ban on plastic in Maharashtra, there has been a havoc created among the masses with confusion on why was this major step taken. While the initiative was appreciated by all, its implementation stands to be questioned. According to the reports officially declared by Central Pollution Control Board, the amount of plastic waste generated in FY 2014-2015 is approx 141000 tonnes per day. But not all of this waste is recycled. These plastic products are then dumped in landfills and water bodies which further the harm to public health.
So what can us ordinary citizens of this heavily polluted nation do to help reduce the pollution in any way possible? While everyone surely does bet on ‘Recycling’ we do forget about the runner-up ie. ‘Reuse’ or ‘Upcycling’. Upcycling not only reduces the amount of one-time plastic waste being generated but also provides a better environmental value to old products. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process.
Beautiful indoor pots, bird feeders, cupholders and plastic lights out of bottles and other plastic trinkets. With a creative mind and the spirit to upcycle anyone can make an amazing product out of plastic. We at Seva promote upcycling plastic with our corporate partners at Bisleri. Our aim is to provide the tribal women with employment through making beautiful artisanal products out of plastic.
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