Say yes to jute bags, no to poly bags | 2017-07-30 |

Say yes to jute bags, no to poly bags

    30 July, 2017 12:00 AM printer

The lead story of the daily sun on Friday has raised a great concern.  The headline was ‘Poly bags stage big comeback.’  


Plastic or polythene bags, because of their non-biodegradable nature, have already cost us a lot – water logging during the rains, bad crops because of plastic in the soil and harms aquatic life if thrown in water.


There are not enough trees, villages are being transformed into cities, the population has increased, pollution knows no bounds and because of this sooner or later we shall have to change our ways of living. The sooner we do it, the better it will be for us. For the environment to work properly and stay in a balance one thing that could help us is to not pollute it and today, the number one pollutant is plastic or poly bag.


It is bad because it is not a natural product; it is bad because it is non-biodegradable, it is bad because even when it becomes waste, it does not break down under high pressure and heat unlike the other waste materials. It cannot be destroyed; it can only be recycled and used for longer. And using plastic for a really long time is unhealthy as it attracts bacteria and can make people sick.


The government has already banned polythene shopping bags. How difficult can it be to just carry our own jute bag when we go out shopping? Why can’t we be a little more careful?


We should be a little more conscious about our actions. Shopkeepers could also keep jute bags instead of plastic bags. A collective action of the sellers and the buyers can help make the environment sustainable. For this little act, we shall be able to breathe and live in a healthy environment.


Say yes to jute bags, no to poly bags.


Khairuzzaman, Dhaka