India to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022

Signal of change / India to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022

By Anna Simpson / 22 Jun 2018

On World Environment Day, India's Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan, announced that the country will eliminate all single-use plastics by 2022. He also pledged to cut single-use plastic from his own daily habits. The pledge is understood to refer to 100% plastic disposables, such as straws and bags, rather than to all plastic-mix packaging. 


So what?

The Independent reports that India’s 1.3 billion population produces 25,000 metric tons of plastic waste every day, of which 40-60% is recycled. Last September, two people were killed as a major trash heap in Delhi collapsed into a nearby canal.    The pledge was welcomed by UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim as an example of global leadership, as well as by Chintan, a Delhi-based NGO fighting for sustainable consumption, who called it ambitious, but not impossible.    Single-plastics are rapidly being recognised as unacceptable by the global community, with more than 50 nations taking some action. What's the reputational risk to businesses? Are they moving fast enough?         


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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