Group of women in Mizoram backed by NGOs starts making eco-friendly paper bags of different shapes and sizes to help consumers in the wake of plastic ban.
A self-help group consisting of women in the Aizawl city came up with an initiative to make paper bags with the help of newspapers and other waste materials of different shapes and sizes. In fact, the love for hand-made eco-friendly paper bags is giving a new hope to many people especially women.
“There are around 19 self-help groups under the federation that we have formed. We work as much as we can as a social worker and at Durtlang we have 9 schools and in all the schools we are engaging the students to work together towards cleanliness. We are taking a step forward and also working hard to ban polythene and at the same time, we impart training to many youths on how to make a paper bag and ban the usage of plastics. We now urge for full support from the people to maintain cleanliness,” said Chairman of Self Help Group Federation, Varkhungi.
There are around 630 SHGs in Aizawl who are working persistently to maintain cleanliness and hygiene by undertaking various steps, including the making of paper bags. After enough paper bags are prepared, it is distributed among the shopkeepers to create awareness about the plastic ban.
These self- help groups are working under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission, which is one of the flagship programmes of the centre, under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. This mission is implemented by Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation Department. In Aizawl area, under DAY-NULM, the self-group are looked after by city mission manager K. Zothanzuali.
National Urban Livelihoods Mission is implemented in eight districts of Mizoram.
According to reports, more than 25 countries across the world have either adopted or proposed a form of a ban on plastic bags.
Meanwhile these women’s SHG may get an opportunity to push their products of paper bags in the market as Aizawl Municipal Corporation is considering for banning the use of plastic bags.