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Substitute For Single-Use Plastics

Substitute For Single-Use Plastics:

IISc researchers find a way to substitute for single-use plastics.

  • By combining non-edible oils and cellulose extracted from agricultural stubble, the researchers made biodegradable, multi use polymer sheets.
  • This can make a substitute for single-use plastic that can, in principle, help mitigate the problem of accumulating plastic waste in the environment.
  • In 2019, the Union government in a bid to free India of single-use plastics by 2022, had laid out a multi-ministerial plan to discourage the use of single-use plastics across the country.
  • A government committee has identified the single use plastic (SUP) items to be banned based on an index of their utility and environmental impact.
  • It has proposed a three-stage ban:
    • The first category of SUP items proposed to be phased out are plastic sticks used in balloons, flags, candy, ice-cream and ear buds, and thermocol that is used in decorations.
    • The second category, proposed to be banned from July 1, 2022, includes items such as plates, cups, glasses and cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays; wrapping and packing films used in sweet boxes; invitation cards; cigarette packets; stirrers and plastic banners that are less than 100 microns in thickness.
    • A third category of prohibition is for non-woven bags below 240 microns in thickness. This is proposed to start from September next year.

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