Plastic is now a basic problem on earth for everyone. When there are many social problems like global warming, deforestation hitting earth, plastics have also become critical for the earth. It is the time to save our earth from all evil acts by human beings. Plastics create issue as it is neither decomposed completely under water nor inside the earth. Therefore, it is becoming danger for the marine life, terrestrial animals etc. today, in the world of technologies, we must take initiative first to avoid the use of all type of plastics and when there is necessity to use, we must use recyclable and decomposable plastics to save the earth and lives. We must make use of plastics for fostering our economy. So plastic waste will be giving profit like other minerals. There are several ideas and initiatives taken by cities to make gold from plastics. There are some ways which can remodel plastics into gold and will boost our economy such as:
Use of plastics in Construction: Plastics can be so nicely used for the construction purposes. Sand in constructing infrastructures can be replaced by ‘Crushed form of plastics’ which will lead to decrease in mining from large rivers. Along with this, plastic will provide more strength to the infrastructure and will act like water adsorbent which will decrease the leakage at the sites. Plastics can also be used in constructing water tanks, which will be providing more adsorbing characteristics to the tank and it can also reduce the use of solutions like Dr. Fixit. Further plastics can be used in constructing roads – the idea given by Professor Rajagopalan Vasudevan also known as PLASTIC MAN OF INDIA from Madras, His Idea is already implemented in few of the Indian States.
Red Bench Project: From past few months, a Red bench project has been started by few RJ’s in Indore city of Madhya Pradesh. They have started collecting plastics from the homes and are transforming it into a public chair. And people who provides all plastics from their home oaths not to use non recyclable plastics again at their home. So it’s a new concept to make Plastics free home in city and making best out of it for a common man. It’s really a money making project from waste for the government. Since, government funds for public chairs at public places, footpaths, but from this concept, plastics are also coming out of homes and there is no need of government to have a separate fund for public seats at footpaths. This project can also be launched in all the cities to reduce the use of plastics and making wealth for our country.
Plastic premier League (PPL): Plastic Premier League or PPL is again a new campaign in Indore city of Madhya Pradesh by the Indore Municipal Corporation. This tournament has been started with a view to free the city from single-use plastic. From the term PPL, do not think it like IPL or any cricket league but it is a different tournament of 45 days in which 19 zones of Indore has been divided in 4 teams, provided with a vehicle to collect more and more plastics. The team, which will collect the most single use plastics, would be awarded with a trophy. This type of creative Ideas in small cities can slowly transform whole country plastic free. In this way, local governmental bodies will utilize the collected plastics and make gold out of it.
Use of plastics in making Wetland tank: today we are seeing several problems of drought and floods in the cities. Therefore, concept of making wetlands in cities is growing and we can make use of plastics in efficient manner to prevent the water dousing inside the earth. The concept of wetlands is often an appropriate project to save our earth from every huge issue hitting earth relating to environment.
Use of Plastics in making dresses: nowadays, big brands like Girlfriend Collective, Gucci, Aday are recycling plastics in making designer dresses. It is also a better concept to bring a new change in fashion industry and it will reduce the use of yarns and silk for making designer dresses. Plastics are now easily transforming into clothes which is at high demand in various continents, which will ultimately increase the flow of money in market.
Use of plastics in making Footwear: instead of using rubber, wood and leather, reusing plastics in making footwear can be best option to make best out of waste. Already there are well known brands like Adidas X Parley, Everlane, and Converse renew, which making footwear by recycling products. When these brands are taking initiative to make wonder from the waste, local brands and vendors can also take initiative with local techniques. The new designs can be easily brought in making modernized footwear which would lead to high demand in market and will ultimately give a rise to economy.
Plastic currency notes: in India, it’s a time to decrease the offline mode of currency and wherever there is need, we must replace our paper currency from plastic currency notes, which would definitely lead to save our forests and try to clean our environment.
These are some ways which are not yet implemented everywhere in our country but this would really mean for the government and country’s economy. In my concern, if these concepts are being followed by at least 2 to 4 cities in a state would definitely make gold for the country. And this gold would be through the plastics which is a waste for us and a single useable. From these ways, we can really make wealth and raise our economy and undoubtedly make our planet happy and save it.