Plastic breakage? Noida is launching a unique initiative to tackle plastic pollution. look

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues. Globally, the world produces 400 million tons of plastic waste each year. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute while up to five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year. Much of the planet is swimming in plastic waste.

Most plastic objects never completely disappear; they just break down into smaller and smaller pieces. These microplastics can enter the human body through inhalation and absorption and accumulate in the organs. In countries with poor solid waste management systems, plastic waste – especially single-use plastic bags – can clog drains and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes and pests.

With such harmful consequences of plastic, several countries, organizations, individuals, environmentalists and stakeholders have tried to take initiatives to reduce the use of plastic.

In India, the central government has decided to ban all kinds of single-use plastic products from July 1 this year. While the Center is doing its part, protecting the environment is also the responsibility of citizens. One such example was seen in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Taking inspiration from Netflix’s Spanish drama series La casa de Papel, popularly known as the Money Heist, a group of individuals in the city started “Plastic heist”.

Donned in red jumpsuits with Salvador Dali masks, these individuals entered the city’s crowded market and began collecting all plastic-related items such as straws, glasses, bottles, wrappers, etc. in a bag, which they then put inside their van. .

With the unique effort to raise awareness and take tremendous action for the environment, these people have earned compliments on social media. Netizens took to Twitter to share videos and photos of this quirky anti-plastic drive.

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Bryce K. Locke