Sudarsan's 'Beat Plastic Pollution' turtle center of attraction on World Environment Day

As bioplastics get popular in India a more genuine green choice is to boot out plastic altogether

He said that Egypt consumes 12 billion tons of single-use plastic bags annually, at a cost of LE 2 billion, adding that the agency tends to reduce the use of plastic bags through encouraging producers to manufacture disposable and paper bags.

"Dee! Thank you for taking up this wonderful initiative & for making sure we stay responsible always!"

Through the celebration of this day worldwide, the significance of preserving the environment is highlighted through various events, such as seminars, talks, television programmes and walks for environmental protection.

Ruhamya urged Rwandans to reject using single-use plastics including plastic straws, cups, plates and bottles, and find sustainable alternatives.

The bank made the call in a statement signed by its Communication Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Mrs Sonia Borrini yesterday in Abuja.

And nearly three-quarters (72%) think supermarkets are not doing enough about packaging to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, the survey by Populus for Greenpeace showed. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere.

The civic bodies and district administration took out campaign for preventing sale, manufacturing of plastic bags.

There is a rubbish truck full of plastic entering our oceans every minute, with plastic packaging use predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling is only around 14% - it's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem.

However, Greenpeace applauded companies which were beginning to eliminate single-use plastics from their shelves and checkouts. "Plastic materials contain a number of toxic chemicals that can endanger the environment, wildlife and human life".

"They are easily available, cheap and light and this has constituted a public menace because plastic pollutes the environment from the time they are manufactured till their final disposal".

Environment Minister Sergio Costa has meanwhile pledged to make his ministry "plastic-free" and plans to launch an "economic and cultural strategy to begin reducing plastic production and excessive packaging".

However, he said, per capita plastic consumption in India is lower than that in many parts of the developed world. Oxfam and its partners have mobilized students, in fabric bag distributions, plastic cleanup drives and tree plantations in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Lahore and Karachi to help mitigate plastic pollution in Pakistan.

"In cities around the world, plastic waste clogs drains, causing foods and breeding disease". Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste.