Dear Editor, Polythene is a gift of science that serves us in our day to day life. But now a day excessive use of polythene or polybags has become a real threat to our environment due to its non-biodegradable nature. Today people go to the market empty-handed and bring a lot of polybags with their shopping. Polybags have become a part of our shopping. Polybags are not natural products and cannot be destroyed as well. Soil loos fertility when we throw polybags in a cultivated area. Waterlogging during the rains have become a common issue now a day, aquatic lives are in danger due to the side effects of polythene. It has harmed us in many other ways. So the time has arrived to say no to polybags. Banning polybags cannot be a bigger issue than the effects caused by the use of polybags. The first step for consumers is always to bring reusable bags. Cloth bags made from old t-shirts are handy and can be washed and reused. To purchase wet items such as meat or fish, consumers can bring their own containers. Supermarkets should also allow customers to bring their own bags for purchasing vegetables, and not hand out thin plastic bags for each item that is purchased, as currently practised. It is high time that we should all stand up against Polythene to save our environment. Kshitiza Kerni, Jammu.
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