On World Environment Day, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a “Plastic Free Tamil Nadu policy” under which plastic will be banned from January 2019.

Traders should revert to cloth bags, palm and banana leaves for packing. Palaniswami said the plastic ban will reduce water logging and prevent zoonotic infections like dengue and malaria.


Bangalore too has experimented with plastic ban. After a month or so, everything fell back to normal.

Unless the world agrees to a ‘plastic alternative’, do you think that plastic can be totally banned?