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International Plastic Bag Free Day | BYJU’S Social Initiatives Team raises the bar

Team StoryWeavers|July 03, 2023, 12:00 IST|
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In an era where environmental challenges loom large, it is imperative for individuals and organisations to step up and take action. One such organisation leading the charge for a plastic-free environment is BYJU’S. With our unwavering commitment to sustainable practices and community engagement, we have become catalysts for change. 

Today, we delve into the remarkable event organised by BYJU’S Social Initiatives Team on the occasion of International Plastic Bag Free Day, where volunteers gathered to make a tangible difference in our world. In a powerful display of environmental consciousness and sustainability, a successful activity was organised to commemorate Paper Bag Day and International Plastic Bag Free Day

On International Plastic Bag Free Day 2023, let’s learn about the event that aimed to educate young minds and volunteers about the detrimental effects of plastic and promote the use of eco-friendly alternatives, particularly paper bags. Read about the stories, experiences, and insights that emerged from this event and discover how we can all contribute to a plastic-free and more sustainable planet.

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Plastic Bag Free Day event 

On the occasion of International Plastic Bag Free Day, BYJU’S Social Initiatives Team organised an event at Ekalavya School (Kasturi Trust) in Bengaluru. It featured Manya Harsha, an enthusiastic young environmentalist, who delivered an enlightening speech on the negative impact of plastic on the environment and stressed the importance of reusing paper materials. 

This event aimed to enlighten volunteers and the younger generation about the far-reaching consequences of plastic, while also providing them with valuable insights into repurposing paper as a sustainable alternative.

Engaging demonstrations

Ameena, an arts and crafts teacher, captivated the audience with her engaging demonstrations on the art of making paper bags. Through her expertise, Ameena showcased the potential of paper bags as an eco-friendly alternative to their plastic counterparts. The activity encouraged participants to actively participate in the creation of paper bags, imparting them valuable skills that can contribute to the reduction of plastic usage in their daily lives.

Power of BYJU’S volunteers 

Pragyananda Pradhan

Senior Motion Designer

I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer for the International Plastic Bag Free Day event. It was a morning filled with creativity and community building as we came together to make a positive impact. With the guidance of the Social Initiatives Team, we transformed newspapers into eco-friendly bags, fostering creativity and empowering young minds. 

I feel fortunate to be part of BYJU’S Education For All mission, contributing to a greener future. BYJU’S Social Initiatives Team focuses on enriching young minds and communities. Together, we’re making a positive impact through social initiatives, fostering education, sustainability, and inclusive growth.

Pavithra P 

Academic Specialist 

The event was a captivating experience for the volunteers and children. While they were aware of paper recycling, they lacked knowledge of the process. Their enthusiasm peaked when they discovered how effortlessly they could create paper bags themselves. Within a mere 10 minutes, the bags were ready, and we volunteers learned alongside them.

Following this, they unleashed their creativity by painting the bags in their chosen colours and designs. Eagerly, they anticipated sharing their newfound skills with their families, siblings, and friends once they returned home. Furthermore, as a teacher, I took the opportunity to shed light on the harmful effects of plastic on our environment. I encouraged the children to transition to steel water bottles, acknowledging and commending those who were already using them. In addition to adopting paper bags, they enthusiastically committed to embracing steel bottles and other eco-friendly alternatives, recognising the minimal effort required for a significant positive impact.

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Impact and takeaways: 

By participating in this event, attendees and volunteers became ambassadors for change, spreading awareness about the environmental impact of plastic bags and championing the use of eco-friendly paper bags. The event served as a powerful reminder that every small step towards reducing plastic waste, such as opting for paper bags, contributes to a larger movement toward a plastic-free future. It also instilled a greater understanding of sustainable practices among all involved.

As we celebrate International Plastic Bag Free Day, it is vital to acknowledge our responsibility towards the environment. The event at Ekalavya School emphasised the significance of adopting sustainable alternatives and reducing plastic waste. By uniting for this cause, we can create a healthy world, free from the burden of plastic waste, one paper bag at a time.

Let us join hands and continue celebrating these important days as a reminder of our commitment to the environment. Together, we can make a difference and pave the way for a renewable future.

How are you contributing to creating a plastic bag-free environment? Share your ideas in the comments below! 

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About the Author

I'm Naqshib Nisar aka the Ministry of Happiness. A digital journalist who can write anything under the sun. When I'm not writing, I'm definitely discovering hidden gems of a city or exploring the food culture. Being a language enthusiast, I grasp words from songs I don't really understand. I'm mostly in the procaffeinating mode because coffee comes first. Hit me up if you ever want to find the best cappuccino and croissants in Bangalore.

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