Commercial St says 'no' to plastic bags

The Commercial Street Shopkeepers’ Association, in association with the National Geographic Channel, has launched a “Say No to Plastic — Bring Your Own Bag” campaign.
As part of the initiative, shopkeepers on the busy stretch will go plastic-free for 10 days in order to raise awareness about the adverse impact of the material on the environment.
The initiative was launched with a ‘Go Green’ painting competition in the presence of State police chief Ajai Kumar Singh at Lalbagh on Sunday.

Speaking at the launch, Singh said: “It is not always that initiatives crucial to the future of our existence are taken up. But this is one campaign that can really make a difference, and it is up to each individual to realise the importance of saying ‘no’ to plastic.”

Senior vice-president of the National Geographic Channel, Rajesh Seshadri, who presided over the function, said every bit of plastic that had ever been manufactured was still on the planet. Several local cable operators such as Hathaway, In Cable and Siti Cable will support the campaign by airing promos, raising awareness about the “non-biodegradable” nature of plastic for the next 10 days.

Eco-friendly bags
Meanwhile, the channel will also distribute about 40,000 eco-friendly bags in the City. Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble and actor Vasundhara Das are among the eminent Bangaloreans who have thrown their weight behind the campaign.
Bangalore is the first, in the line of Indian cities, that the channel is taking the green campaign to.

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