Polythene is harmful to the environment as well as people’s health. It contributes to the pollution of water, soil and environment. Among the many hazards, it is notorious for seeping into the soil and releasing harmful toxic chemicals, which, when consumed by animals, often result in death. Considering the adverse impacts of its use, about 61 countries around the world including China, France, India and Denmark have already banned it.
Bangladesh too banned it in 2002; however, polythene is still widely used in the country, despite repeated warnings by the experts. It’s time we abandoned polythene for good and resorted to healthy alternatives such as the Sonali Bag, which is made of jute and eco-friendly. It is durable, biodegradable and 100 percent compostable; additionally, it has very low CO2 and water footprint. The introduction of the Sonali Bag will help reduce the pollution caused by polythene and also rid the country of its dependency on this dangerous material.
Mohammad Abu Hanif
Department of Sociology, Chittagong College