Why is Government of India imposing a ban on the use of polythene bags? Suggest two alternatives to these bags and explain how this ban is likely to improve the environment.t.
Government of India is imposing a ban on the use of polythene bags because they cannot be degraded naturally by action of microorganisms. Because of their non-biodegradability, they stay in the soil for a long time and continue to poison it with toxic by-products that keep leaching for them. Also they do not allow water to seep in, as they are waterproof. These polythene bags, when accidentally eaten by stray animals, can harm them and even lead to their death.
Jute and cloth bags can be used in place of polythene bags.
The advantages of using cloths and jute bags are as follows:
- They are environment-friendly as they are biodegradable.
- They are renewable and can be easily recycled.
- They have more strength than polythene bags because they are thick and can be used again and again.
Thus, using jute and cloths bags will helps to reduce pollution.