Monday, July 22, 2019 | ePaper

Encourage eco-friendly jute bags

  • Print
RECENTLY, 12 organizations have served a legal notice to the government and plastic producers, seeking proper implementation of the law to prevent the production, import, marketing and use of plastic bags. The use of plastic bags had declined for a short period in March of 2002 when the then government had imposed embargo on production and use of it. However, it did not last for long. Rather, the whimsical permission (in 2002) of using plastic bags over 100 microns in packaging resulted in uncontrolled production, marketing and use of it again.
The government in 2010 enacted Mandatory Jute Packaging Act but inconvenience, unavailability, high price, and lack of awareness for using jute prompted to spread of polythene use in every purpose.  It created an adverse impact on the environment.
We know that polythene is not biodegradable and is largely to blame for the filling up of canals and drainage systems in the city. We generate around 1,700 tonnes of plastic waste daily and the import of plastic raw materials costs Tk 2,000 crore annually. The sad reality is that no government agency has been able to control the production, distribution, usage and dumping of polybags, and the use of polythene shopping bags is widespread. We need a nationwide campaign to raise people's awareness of what polythene is doing to our environment.
We do believe, the government should vigorously promote synthesized polymer from jute fibre that was discovered by a scientist at Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation back in 2012. Jute-based packaging bag should be introduced on a wide-scale because it is biodegradable and it is also water and air-resistant. Jute polymer, as it is known, can carry about one and a half times the load of a traditional polythene bag while being environment friendly. The very fact is that; it is perishable in nature. So, it could be the answer to our environmental problems. Moreover, the canals, waterways and drainage systems would be free from the dreaded polythene and plastic products.
Large-scale production of jute polymer would help to revive our jute industry and also save farmers engaged in jute cultivation.

More News For this Category

Police can't force anyone to confess!

AYSHA Siddika Minni has been forced to confess her involvement in the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif, her father alleged. He made the claim after meeting Minni at the

Taking law in own hand is an ominous sign

MOBS beat to death five people, including two women, and injured 10 others on suspicion of being child kidnappers across the country on Saturday. The incidents happened just a day

Dependable Partner

Muhammad Quamrul Islam :In the morning of July 14, 2019 my neighbour a retired banker told me over cell Jatiya Party Chairman General (Retd) Hussain Muhammad Ershad just passed away

Too Many Rickshaws

Rezaul Hoque :Recently two city corporations made up their minds to curb free movement of rickshaws on Dhaka's key roads. Later Dhaka North City Corporation changed its position on restriction

Introduce sustainable method to check waterlogging

NOW rainy season is going on. And water-logging is a recurring problem for Dhaka, which the residents of this city are painfully aware of, but the authorities concerned DNCC and

Administrative control over ACC only to happy the corrupts

ANTI-GRAFT campaigner Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed deep concern and extreme disappointment over the government's decision for making Deputy Commissioners as authorised officers to oversee the Anti-Corruption Commission's work

Two Modern Priests

Abdur Rahman :The woe of every generation crucifies their Tiresias first as his prophetic felicity journeys advanced than his generation anticipating the echo of looming wave several centuries ahead brewing

Major Mistakes

Nazrul Islam Bashir :The new edition of Bangladesh Bank history book named `Bangladesh Banker Etihash' was published in March 2019. Three photographs of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Readers’ Forum

Extramarital Affair Is The Cancer Of A SocietyExtramarital affair means making relationship with the married person after having life partner. It can be described in this way that a boy

How people will save themsleves from mosquito bites?

FINANCE Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said he was not going to his office at the Economic Relations Division in the Planning Commission in fear of mosquito bites.