Why Delhi-ites need to wake up
You’re longing to visit your favourite café in CP or to go on a shopping spree in Sarojini market, but the moment you get to go there….Boom! You’re disgusted to find streets, shops and every other lane with all kinds of discarded wastes. You’ve started to feel suffocated, choked and trapped. To add to your sorrow, you stumble upon the pile and fell into the garbage and there is no one to even rescue you!
A scenario that is painful to even imagine, right? But that’s the harsh reality; just replace yourself with the helpless animals and CP with whole of the Earth. India generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, of which Delhi tops the list with 690 tonnes of daily plastic waste. Delhi has been the hot topic for quite some time because of the polluted air and smog that covers the city like a blanket.
But what is actually causing the pollution in Delhi? The major sources include plastic waste and stubble burning. According to a study by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), 80% of the plastics consumed are used in packaging sector. Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal, in a September 2018 blog, estimated that orders through food delivery aggregators were adding up to “22,000 tonnes of plastic waste created every month in India”. The contribution through stubble burning may not be much but it peaks at the time of harvest season. To make the land ready for growing wheat, excess crops of rice are burnt down by the farmers after harvesting. Due to stubble burning, harmful gasses like nitrogen and carbon dioxide are released into the air, creating smog in the atmosphere.
Several initiatives like, odd-even rule, ban on single-use plastics and subsidies to farmers for buying happy seeder machines have been taken by government to deal with the issue. Delhi has been showing improvement but there’s still a long way to go to make it pollution free. It is the duty of all the citizens and not only the government to be concerned about the worsening condition in Delhi. For this, small steps can be taken by each individual. They can start by switching to biodegradable dinnerwares made from areca leaves and put a full stop on plastic plates and bowls. Staggering reduction can be seen in the plastic waste by replacing plastic disposables with areca palmwares.
Adaaya is a leading manufacturer of Areca Palm dinnerware and has got products ranging from plates and bowls of different sizes to party packs that can be used for birthday parties, weddings and all sorts of functions. Areca palm dinnwerwares are chemical free and microwaveable as well. Roli and Harsh have been trying hard to spread awareness among people to opt for 100% natural disposables and contribute towards a healthy future.
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