Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram to be declared a plastic-free zone: Why this unique ‘Go Green’ initiative makes Malayalis proud!

By: | Updated: March 6, 2017 2:17 PM

If you love the environment and want to do something to keep it clean, green and sustainable, the city of Thiruvananthapuram can be your bestie!

Ambitious as this may sound, all the right moves are being made in the first phase of this initiative already.

If you love the environment and want to do something to keep it clean, green and sustainable, the city of Thiruvananthapuram can be your bestie! Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, had clinched the first position in an annual city governance ranking in a national survey conducted recently. Now the state capital is determined to be declared a plastic-free zone soon. Ambitious as this may sound, all the right moves are being made in the first phase of this initiative already.

From March 1st, the initial step in this direction has been taken as the City Corporation banned all types of plastic carry bags. The use of plastic covers, plastic sheets and disposable plates and products that are packaged in plastic will be banned in the next phase of this ‘plastic-free’ initiative.

Given that special squads across the city may crack down on those who violate the plastic ban and may even cancel licenses of traders who violate it, what options do the residents of Thiruvananthapuram have?

Through its Go Green Expo located at the Sree Chithira Thirunal Park in East Fort, the City Corporation has made a sincere attempt to showcase options that are consumer-friendly and practical.

Malayalis are known to embrace a comfortable materialistic lifestyle, to the extent that most homes are moving away from their proximity to Nature and the natural environment, A movement initiated by the City Corporation like the Go Green Expo may be exactly what the state needs today – a realignment to embrace a green and nature-linked life where products are made and chosen with care to cater to an environment-conscious set of consumers.

That the City Corporation is spearheading a campaign like this and connecting this movement to small tailoring units and emerging women entrepreneurs is commendable.

For instance, the items that can be reused and recycled such as old sarees, newspapers, among others. Toys made of recycled materials, purse bags made from recycled fabric and so on are highlighted at the Go Green Expo. The Go Green Expo also showcases to people a range of simple yet useful objects that we use in daily life such as pencils, folders, bamboo products and so on.

An NGO called Uphar has set up its stall at the Expo and is training people how they can make paper carry bags. If you stop by Thanal’s stall, you can drop off an old saree and get a cloth bag by paying Rs for it! Smaller tailoring units and women’s groups have also got together to showcase their new initiatives.

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Not just this, all festivals and celebrations conducted in the city will soon have to follow the ‘green protocol’ to contribute to a healthy and sustainable environment. Given the sheer number of religious festivals and cultural festivals that are celebrated in the capital at a grand scale, it may initially be a challenge to put the ”green” initiative in practice, but with strict laws being implemented, Thiruvananthapuram is showing us the way forward that nothing is impossible, where there is a strong will.

Kerala to lead by example with environment-friendly rituals

We can keep our cities beautiful and clean by taking a leaf out of this initiative that is being headed by Thiruvananthapuram city – Go green!

It’s time to follow the green protocol. Kerala, lead the change to go green and many other states are bound to follow this campaign in their cities!

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