Paying for cloth-like bags in groceries? Beware, they are banned too!

Paying for cloth-like bags in groceries? Beware, they are banned too!

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-05-27 18:26 Bengaluru: Cloth-like bags have quietly made their way into malls, hotels and retail shops in the wake of ban on plastic bags. But are you aware that even those cloth-like bags are not environment-friendly?“Bags that resemble cloth contain non-woven polypropylene which is a sort of plastic and a synthetic resin and they have also been banned,” said TM Vijaybhaskar, additional chief secretary, Forest, Environment and Ecology.Speaking to reporters here, Vijaybhaskar said the forest department will soon launch an awareness drive to educate people about these bags. Many shopkeepers and hoteliers have started using these bags assuming that they are biodegradable and environment-friendly. They are also charging Rs 2 to Rs 10 for these bags depending on its size, he added. This will also be brought to the notice of officials responsible for implementation of the ban, he added.Forest Minister B Ramanath Rai also held a meeting to review the implementation of the plastic ban. It was decided that the state government will speak to the Jute Corporation of India to provide material that can serve as alternative to plastic bags, said a source.It was also decided to enhance vigil at check points to prevent plastic bags from entering into the state, added the source.  It may be recalled here that the government, through a notification on March 11, imposed a total ban on plastic irrespective of its thickness. These include plastic carry bags, plastic banners, plastic buntings, flex, plastic flags, plates, cups, spoons, cling films and plastic sheets for spreading on dinning table irrespective of thickness.