Ban Single-use Plastic
Every year the world uses 500 billion plastic bags.
Each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute.
In the last decade, we produced more plastic than in the whole last century
50% of the plastic we use is single-use or disposable
We buy 1 million plastic bottles every minute
Plastic makes up 10% of all of the waste we generate
Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute.
500 billion disposable plastic bags are used worldwide every year.
In total, 50% of the plastic we use is single use.
Nearly one-third of the plastic packaging we use escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our city streets and polluting our natural environment.
Every year, up to 13 million tons of plastic leak into our oceans, where it smothers coral reefs and threatens vulnerable marine wildlife.
The plastic that ends up in the oceans can circle the Earth four times in a single year
As part of the campaign, on 5th of June 2018, we are doing approx. half an hour of clean up drive (7.00 am – 8:00 am), putting the gathered plastic waste on a scarecrow pole and then posing with the suffocation mask to create an awareness to the public.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is World Environment Day?
Who is hosting WED 2018 celebrations?
What is the theme for this year’s WED?
What is single-use plastic?
Why should single-use plastic be banned?
Why not ban the plastic all together?
Plastic is a great boon, But what lasts for 500 years, just to throw away in a single use, is highly senseless and irresponsible, given that 91% of plastic is not recycled.
Banning single use plastic as a policy decision would bring a mass ban and would be one strong and dramatic step towards a more sustainable and future generation friendly future.
Isn't it a huge economic loss for the country to ban?
We need to explore sustainable ways to use resourceful materials like plastic. We produce half a trillion plastic bottles a year. We throw all these away and then produce half a trillion more. 91% of all plastic is not recycled. It is not only ecologically disastrous, it is economically senseless. Recycling of plastic is no longer a fad or luxury and it can create more business opportunities and need for lesser raw materials. Recycling has to become mandatory. Major nations must be change makers and start the process.
What can we do to spread awareness about this cause?
What are the different ways we can be part of the campaign
You can also join in with our centers which are located in over 250 cities and can help out in their preparations for the event.
U can design and plan a cleanliness drive, marathons or any other creative ideas you can come up with in your area and share about via photo, video with us as well as with your friends, families and on social platforms.
What is Rally for Rivers?
Association between Rally for Rivers and UN's Environment?
What are Isha/RFR volunteers doing this year on WED?
What is your mask made of? Is the mask you are using made of Plastic?
Will Rally for Rivers volunteers take up long term clean up drives?
What’s the progress in Rally for Rivers?
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