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Laudable initiative of cloth-bag bank kicks off in Pune

The main aim of the campaign is to stop the use of plastic bags.

pune Updated: May 23, 2018 14:55 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Irene Towers, Aloma County, Aundh, Pune has 15 cloth bags and these are kept with the security guard of the society. (HT PHOTO )

A new initiative has been started in Irene Towers, Aloma Couty, Aundh - the creation of cloth bag bank, thanks to the efforts of the residents Shubha Kulkarni, Abhilasha Verma, Dr Nisha Munchi and Dr Sunita Gilani. This comes in the wake of the state government ban on the use of daily plastic and thermocol from March 23, 2018.

This housing society has 15 bags made out of old bedsheets and these are kept with the security guard of the society. Samarth Bharat, NGO; Aundh vikas mandal (AVM), a citizens’ group and Aundh ward office have also appealed to residents to use cloth bags as an alternative to plastic.

“This year globally India will be the host for the World Environment Day. ‘Alternatives for plastic’ is the theme and we aim to participate by encouraging usage of cloth bag,” said Ganesh Kalapure, a volunteer at Samarth Bharat. The volunteers have been visiting various societies which have more than 100 flats to begin the cloth bag bank. “Our aim is to motivate common people to participate in our campaign. We are appealing to housing societies to open “cloth bag bank” in their societies by June 5, 2018, which will be celebrated as world Environment day,” said Vaishali Patkar, one of the participant and member of Aundh Vikas Mandal.

There are several self-help groups like Poornam Eco vision Foundation , Eco exist, Chaitanya Mahila Mandal and Swaroopwardhini which have joined hands to provide cloth bags.

“The main aim of this campaign is to stop the use of plastic, especially plastic bags and encourage residents to use cloth bags. All societies should have access to them when they need it,” said Shubha Kulkarni.

First Published: May 23, 2018 14:54 IST