INNOVATORS WOMAN BEHIND THE CREATION OF ALTERNATIVES FOR PLASTIC BAGS

WOMAN BEHIND THE CREATION OF ALTERNATIVES FOR PLASTIC BAGS

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Who says women cannot be inspiring? Who says women cannot invent things for the welfare of society? Well, there is nothing which women cannot do or you can say there is hardly anything that a woman cannot do. Within this article, I am going to share some latest news about a women’s creation that is going to inspire a lot of us.

Whether you go to a shopping mall or to shop grocery from a grocery store, a bag is all you need as your daily essential. Most of the time plastic bags come to our rescue. But do you really know that how our environment gets affected by the use of these plastic bags? These plastic bags come at a very high cost to the environment and negatively affect human health.

Several cities globally have banned the use of plastic bags and many of the countries have already made strict laws against the use of plastic bags. Cities of China has even banned the use of plastic in their regions whereas Bangladesh and India have only banned the use and sale of polythene bags which usually have a thickness of fewer than 50 microns.

In New Delhi, plastic has been one of the major polluters of marine litter, choking drains, and even cause heavy floods. These plastic bags are even one of the major reasons for the death of various animals (generally caused by the use of polythene that is less than 50 micron). This has become an alarming situation which urgently needed some alternative for these plastic bags.

A resident of Jharkhand, Shanvi Gupta who is 27 years old, has designed a bag which is an equivalent alternative for plastic bags and even better. Shanvi is a student of NID (National Institute of Design). In her graduation project, she decided to explore some feasible options that can be really helpful in replacing the huge volume of plastic bags.

Shanvi in one of her interview said that she has always been concerned about the various factors that are adversely affecting the environment. Polythene bags are one of them for which she has always been concerned about. So being a design student, she decided to design some bio-degradable and eco-friendly material that can replace the plastic bags. The bags designed by her can be used by people of every age group, gender, and class for their day-to-day activities.

Shanvi started her research from Amul Milk Centers, considering the fact that the volume of plastic bags used in milk production centers is way more. She conducted research for about 6-8 months and observed the consumers behavior and their types of requirements. All the research has been done with the support and collaboration with major jute industries such as National jute board, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and the dairy cooperative Amul. Shanvi used to sit outside the dairy parlors every day and observe them carefully.

It is very important to observe the behavior of the consumers before designing any product or material. Amul milk centers have a wide range of consumers, which is why Shanvi used to observe the people and how they used to carry their bags. She used to observe several other things like how the two-wheeler’s consumer used to hook up their bags on to their vehicle, the age groups that generally come to buy milk, the number of bags they used to purchase and so on. All these things she kept in her mind while designing the bags. To make the concept of these bags more approachable, Shanvi gave these bags a hint of fashion that can attract the buyers.

Shanvi developed a variety of bags which includes balloon bags, potli, see-through and many other such bags.  The cost of these bags is generally higher than that of the normal plastic bags, but the milk companies have been requesting the National jute company to provide these bags at subsidized rates. This jute bag’s project is going to get implemented within 200 milk centers across the city of Ahmedabad. A total of about 10000 jute bags are going to be prepared by the local vendors in the upcoming few days or months.

These eco-friendly bags were also launched on the NID campus in the presence of many famous personalities like the director of NID, Pradyumna Vyas, Managing director of Gujrat’s cooperative milk marketing, RS Sodhi and the secretary of National jute board, Arvind Kumar. If this project will be proved successful in the nearby future, then it is going to take command in the other parts of the country too.

We need many more inspiring people like Shanvi in our country so as to improve the environmental conditions of our country. We all must highly appreciate the revolutionary step so as to bring changes in our country towards its betterment. Shanvi’s creation is going to inspire a lot of women in our country to think similarly and unite themselves to create something beneficial for society.

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