Celebrities join hands to ban plastic bags

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 25, 2014-

Nepali celebrities and renowned personalities have joined hands to ban plastic shopping bags in the country by extending their support to a youth-led campaign, ‘No Thanks! I carry My Own Bag’.  The campaign aims to ban plastic shopping bags in Nepal from March, 2015.

In an event organised by The Gen Nep-Nation First, a youth development platform, on Monday, many prominent figures including former Miss Nepal Malvika Subba, singers Yama Buddha, Abhaya Subba, Shreya Sotang, actors Namrata Shrestha, Dayahang Rai and banker Anil Shah among others expressed support for the campaign. During the event, they made alternatives for plastic shopping bags like up-cycled newspaper bags and green leaf carry containers (taparis) together with the youths, in an attempt to spread the word that alternatives to plastic shopping bags are easily available around us.

“When we stop using these harmful plastic shopping bags, their production will automatically decrease, and eventually it should be easier to ban plastic bags in the country. Therefore, it is necessary that we ourselves change our habits first,” Shah said.

Malvika Subba said seems impossible to stop using plastic bags as we are very much dependent on it.

“But I hardly use them anymore. It is just a matter of time, once we start, we can easily do without plastic bags,” she added.

According to campaign coordinator Shilshila Acharya, if plastic bags are banned in Nepal the production of bio-degradable alternatives can create thousands of new jobs. Thus, banning these will not only make our environment clean but will also help create employment opportunities in Nepal”.

In a previous function, the CA members of Kathmandu expressed their support for the campaign by promising to put pressure on the government to form a legislation to ban the use of plastic bags in Nepal. Likewise, more than 16 thousand people have already supported the campaign by signing a petition, according to The Gen-Nep-Nation First.

Plastic bags are non-biodegradable and remain for thousands of years, causing harm to humans, livestock, plants and marine animals. According to the research done by the Campaigners, a total of 47 lakhs plastic bags are used everyday in Kathmandu.

Published: 26-08-2014 09:22

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