​Plastic alternatives after the single-use ban​

Jul 4, 2022

By: Shradha Aneja

​About the ban

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued a notification to prohibit the use of plastic items that are being discarded after single-use from 1 July 2022.

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​Items banned

Earbuds, balloon sticks, candy and ice-cream sticks; cutlery items including plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives and trays; plastic wrapping films for sweet boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packs, PVC banners measuring under 100 microns and polystyrene for decoration.

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​Why are these items banned?

The listed items get discarded after single time use, hence are difficult to collect and are not suited for recycling.

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​Alternatives after the ban

Here are a few alternatives to help bridge the gap after the ban on plastic items.

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​Stainless steel

Items made of stainless steel are more durable and long-lasting. Also, they are designed to be reused.

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​Bamboo

Being biodegradable and renewable, items made of bamboo are a great alternative to plastic.

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Wood

It is biodegradable and can be used to replace plastic household items like forks, plates, spoons, etc.

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​Beeswax wrap

Suitable to replace plastic wraps, beeswax is biodegradable and long-lasting.

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Glass

Durable, eco-friendly, cost-effective, long-lasting and suitable for recycling, glass is considered one of the best alternatives to plastic with multipurpose uses.

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​Other alternatives

Items made of ceramic, pottery, silicone and paper can also be used as alternatives to plastic.

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