There might be various methods of recycling the insurmountable amounts plastic that is recklessly used and thrown away. Surprisingly, the problem can be effectively solved by refraining from the use of plastic altogether, thereby not adding to the overwhelming quantities that are await reprocessing. Having realised this, one village in Kerala has decided to stop using plastic in its events and functions, especially marriage feasts, thereby protecting their environment from damaging aftermaths. The Kolayad panchayat in Kannur has introduced the ‘green protocol’ under the initiative Maalinyamillatha Mangalyam’ (no-waste weddings) according to this report by The Better India.
Indian weddings often include several feasts that employ a large amount of plastic cutlery – plates and glasses – that are disposed after usage, causing considerable harm to the environment as they cannot be bio-degraded. Under the green protocol of the Kolayad Village, weddings and also other events that see a participation of over 100 people have to seek the permission of the panchayat by filling out an application. If approved, the functions have to provide environmental friendly alternatives to the usual plastic cutleries. The marriage certificate in case of weddings shall be issued only if the rules of the green protocol are adhered to. If all the prescribed norms are followed, the bride and groom shall be felicitated with a memento. In case the norms of the protocol are breached, the organisers shall be charged with a fine of INR 10,000, reported Manorama Online.
To resolve the issue of sourcing environment friendly cutlery, an organisation called ‘Harithakarma Sena’ has started providing plantain leaves and steel plates and glasses. Owing to Kolayad Village’s green protocol, the use of not just plastic plates and glasses, but also flex boards and plastic banners, has vanished from the village, according to Manorama Online. Green rules shall also be extended to buildings built in the village, starting from 1st November. For every five cent plot area, five trees shall be planted and their photograph should be attached in the construction application. The building numbering stage shall require a picture ‘to monitor the growth of the trees’, reported The Better India.
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