Vrindavan, 2017.10.16 (VT): Although the NGT and the High Court have banned the use of polythene in Vrindavan, use of plastic bags continues. Raids are executed from time to time, and business owners are regularly fined for using plastic bags, but the convenience of plastic seems difficult to shake
Now by the divine blessings of Shri Radharaman Lal, it seems a solution to the polybag problem has been found.
On a mission to restore Vrindavan to its original pristine state, Shri Padmalochan Goswami of the Shri Radharaman Temple has become an authorised distributor for the Natural Eco-Friendly Solution company, which produces biodegradable carry-bags. At a press conference yesterday, he announced that the company’s bags – which are maide of cornstarch – will soon be launched into the Vrindavan marketplace.
Goswami ji has special-ordered the bags with the phrase “I love Braj”, a positive reminder for people to show their love for Vrindavan by shunning plastic and embracing more environmentally safe alternatives.
The eco-friendly bags resemble polythene, yet they contain no plastic. They are are completely natural and break down like any other organic waste when placed in soil. They also dissolve in water and contain no harmful chemicals. They are reportedly digestible for animals, although they still represent a choking hazard for cows and should be disposed of responsibly.
Shri Padmalochan Goswami says that the bags are quite strong and can carry more weight than typical plastic bags. Their only limitation is that they cannot be used for hot items.
Shri Dhananjay Goswami says, “These bags are the most effective alternative to the usual dangerous plastic bags. Made from natural ingredients, these biodegradable bags break down like organic waste, reducing synthetic waste residue that may be harmful to the environment.”
Raseshwari Dasi, who was an integral part of the effort to bring biodegradable bags to Vrindavan, adds, “Dear devotees; please help us to spread this message to others. Let’s join hands to make our Braj-Vrindavan free from plastic bags. We hope that all devotees will help us to spread the word and ensure that plastic waste is completely eradicated from Vrindavan.”
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