LARKANA: Presently, it seems that we cannot live without plastic bags. From vegetables, bakery goods and books to hi-tech products, almost everything is being wrapped in them. Fifty billion plastic bags are used in Pakistan annually. The country wastes 1.5 million kilograms of plastic bags per day. That amounts to an enormous 240 bags per person.
Pakistan mainly depends on water from the Indus River. Till now 1.6 lakh tons of plastic bags have been dumped into the river. Many plastic bags end up in rivers and sewerages, blocking the water and sanitation systems.
We need to considerably reduce the use and waste of plastic bags under a clean and green Pakistan movement. The Government of Pakistan has banned the use of plastic and is promoting reusable things. As a civilised nation, it’s our duty to work for the future betterment of the country. Plant a tree and reduce the use of plastic.
Abdul Bari Jagirani
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2019.