Tamil Nadu, one of the 29 states of India, is the spiritual centre of India well known for its rich culture and tradition, abundant biodiversity and so on. It covers an area of 130,058 square kilometres with a population of about 72,147,030 as per 2011 India census. The state is home to a number of historic buildings, multi-religious pilgrimage sites, hill stations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Eco sensitive areas.
This website is meant for reaching out to the people of Tamil Nadu and spreading across the State on the perils of Use and Throwaway Plastics on our Environment.
Plastic, since its invention has changed our lives immensely owing to its versatility, imperviousness to water, low cost, ease of manufacture, long shelf life and so on.
For the said reasons, we gradually started abusing plastic, by depending on it wholly, for every single use, replacing the natural alternatives.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, India generates about 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, of which about 40% remains uncollected. About 70% of the plastic packaging products become “waste” in a short span of time. While plastics have a wide variety of applications, the global rally is against the so-called “single use” or disposable plastic — used in bottles, cups, wrapping paper and bags. Together, they account for over half the plastic produced.
Though Plastic Waste Management Rules are in place since 2011, several States and city corporations have been unable to effectively enforce the rules.
Before inventing plastics, the materials used were all made up of biodegradable or environmentally safe materials that come from natural sources, whereas plastic is actually a synthetic material derived from petroleum crude and moreover not easily biodegradable. So every single plastic thus manufactured stays on the planet as solid for longer period with no real use. Further it leaves huge carbon footprint, leaches into food, causes hormone disruption, pollutes ocean, kills marine animals and plants, and occupies most of the land preventing percolation of rainwater into underground wells and so on. Adding to this horror, the thrown away plastics that have ended up on the water bodies have become the new food material for aquatic animals thus altering the ecology.
Let’s start our journey of plastic pollution free Tamil Nadu by replacing single use plastics with naturally available biodegradable materials. Let’s us join hands in protecting our Nature, the only source of life on Earth. Say no to “Use and Throwaway Plastics” and make Tamil Nadu plastic pollution free.