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Cait calls on industry bodies ficci, CII to ensure no usage of single use plastics by their members

September 02, 2019 04:46 PM

SHIMLA: In furtherance of the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to stop usage of single use plastic,   the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT ) today sent communications to Industry bodies FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM and PHD Chamber asking them to advise their member Industries to stop using single use plastics in their production line or packaging of finished goods to ensure that traders in supply chain do not get any goods in single use plastic packaging from 2nd October in support of the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for stoppage of use of single use plastic from 2nd October.


The CAIT has launched a nationwide campaign from 1st September, 2019 for making traders and people aware about the impact of plastic usage on environment and is advising the traders to use alternatives of plastics in their shops and prompt their customers also to use cloth or jute bags or other alternatives while shopping.


CAIT National President Mr B C Bhartia & Secretary General Mr Praveen Khandelwal In communication said that the traders are part of supply chain that distributes goods from Manufacturers or place of origin to last mile consumers. The business community is under obligation to deliver goods in whatever packaging it receives from Manufacturer or from the supply chain. It is noteworthy that most of the products being used by the consumers are packed in single use plastic. Therefore it is beyond the control of traders to restrict usage of single use plastic at the end of Manufacturer or at place of origin.


They further said that In this context the role of Industry bodies  being representative body of Industries can supplement the call of Prime Minister by advising their member Industry not to use single use of plastic either in their production line or in packing of finished goods and rather use other alternatives.


Both Mr Bhartia & Mr Khandelwal said that it is a fact that if single use plastic is not used at production/ finishing stage or goods are not packed in single use plastic at the origin itself and are packed in alternative packaging automatically the usage of single use of plastic will come down to a drastic low level as the traders in supply chain will deliver the goods to consumers in alternative packaging.


The trade leaders further said that by collaborating with call of Prime Minister both trade & industry bodies can make it a mass movement to fight against pollution.

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