From Monday, vegetable vendors at three markets in the city will stock cloth bags to discourage the use of plastic bags.
Vendors at three marketplaces will sell the cloth bags costing Rs 20 a bag. A choice of colours will also be available.
Vendors in Bandra’s Pali Hill, Mahim station and Matunga (West) are part of a Green Marketplace Initiative launched by two NGOs, Vishwa and Are You Reducing, Reusing and Recycling (RUR).
To spread awareness about the environment-friendly bag campaign, Vishwa and RUR will form a human chain at the Pali Hill market on Monday, between 10 am and noon.
The organisers hope to drive home the message of developing the practice of carrying cloth bags that are eco-friendly, biodegradable and can be used many times over.
Street vendors spend up to Rs 1,000 per month on plastic bags that are less than 50 microns.
A survey conducted by RUR revealed that even though vendors wanted to support the ban, their customers' demand for plastic bags was too high for them to ignore.
“With the government pushing to ban the use of plastic bags, the time is opportune to make available economical, eco-friendly alternatives,” said Monisha Narke of RUR. “Cotton bags seem to be the best solution in our times.”
Starting Monday, the advantage of this is that hazardous plastic bags will be phased out and re-usable cloth bags that have the capacity to hold 10 kg of shopping will be encouraged.
The organisations are also asking people to put their old dupattas and bed sheets to good use by sending them to Vishwa and RUR to be recycled.