In Kerala, South India, wedding treats served on throwaway plastic plates, as well as decorations made out of styrofoam, are soon going to be a thing of the past. According to a new protocol, all weddings in the state are going to go green – which means that no non-biodegradable items, such as plastic, can be used during the ceremonies. The law was launched as part of the government’s anti-plastic drive and Green-Kerala mission.
The state government introduced the legislation as another step towards the reduction of the use of plastic in the area. During big occasions, such as wedding ceremonies, large quantities of plastic items are used and, inevitably, thrown away to pollute the environment. According to official sources, instead of single-use plastic plates and glasses, people will now be persuaded to use ones made of glass and environment-friendly metals.
To ensure that the law is observed, inspections will be conducted at marriage halls, convention centers, hotels, and similar venues. Violations of the protocol will be met with consequences. The initiative has already been started on a pilot basis by the state nodal agency for sanitation, Suchitwa Mission, in Kannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, and Alappuzha.
Because of the new protocol and all efforts to limit the use of plastic in the state, the area will surely see a significant drop in the amount of non-biodegradable waste.
“We can reuse, recycle and reduce plastic,” said C. V. Joy, director of Suchitwa Mission, as reported by Banega Swachh India.” But, even if we reuse such non-degradable articles, there will not be much decline in its presence. So, reducing its use is the more effective way to achieve our plastic-free society goal.”
To make sure that the green protocol initiative is successful, the Mission has joined efforts with district administration, panchayat authorities, and socio-cultural and religious outfits. They are also making sure that the aim of the initiative is understood by the owners of marriage halls and convention centers and by the marriage parties themselves, so that the new protocol is not just a strict law one has to resign themselves to but is seen by everyone involved as the important step towards the bettering of the state and the condition of the environment at large that it is.
While it might seem like an odd thing to combat plastic in weddings, specifically, the reality is we need such action if we hope to save the world’s oceans. Our plastic use is something each one of us has to be conscious of as we grow more aware of the consequences that our convenience has on the world. Every year, we produce 300 million tons of plastic. 8.8 million tons are dumped into the oceans, killing countless marine animals through entanglement and ingestion. A joyful celebration is no place for a material that causes such destruction, after all.
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