While the need to reduce the plastic footprint remains, various Non-Governmental Organisations have taken up projects to work towards context-sensitive solutions and empower governments, corporations and citizens to do the same. Being intimately tied to larger sustainability development goals, some unique initiatives taken up include:
- ‘Re-tile’ – In Bengaluru, NGO Swachha came up with an innovative solution by making discarded plastic waste into recyclable tiles. After segregation of community waste in a decentralisation unit, the plastic is sent to Swachha’s waste processing unit to produce these recyclable tiles. 15 disposable food containers, 150 polythene bags or disposable spoons, or 10-15 cosmetics bottles are required to make a single Re-tile. With three to four tonnes of plastic, the NGO can manufacture around 10,000 tiles that can be used to build houses, roads, walkways, swimming pools, apart from wall cladding.
- ‘Bag for Cause’ – In Mumbai, Green Yatra launched a campaign in which they provide citizens with eco-friendly bags in return for plastic, electronic, and dry waste. Alongside, working for the environmental concerns, the NGO is even able to provide employment opportunities to underprivileged rural and urban women as they are the ones who manufacture these durable cloth bags.
- Plastic Recyclothon – Project Mumbai took up multiple initiatives as a part of the ‘recyclothone’, including one wherein plastic donated by households was recycled to make green benches installed at civic gardens.
And needless to say, many more NGOs have been successful in bringing about change through their kind efforts and promoting change through tapping the conscience of humankind.