Ban Single Use Plastic

A B O U T

World Environment Day

WED is UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth.

F A C T S

500 Billion

Plastic bags World uses every year

8 Million

Tonnes of Plastic end up in Oceans

50% Plastic

we use in daily life is single-use or disposable

In 10 Years

we produced more plastic than in the whole last century

1 Million

Plastic bottles we buy every minute

500 Billion

Is generated from Plastic

500 Billion

disposable plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

13 Million

Platic leak into our Oceans every year.

50% Plastic

we use in daily life is single-use or disposable

F A Q 's

What is World Environment Day

WED is UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth.


Who is hosting WED 2018 celebrations

India is the host country for WED 2018.


What is the theme for this year’s WED

Beat Plastic Pollution.


What is single-use plastic

Single-use plastic is a kind of plastic which can neither be reused nor recycled. Some examples of single-use plastic are– straws, polythene bags, several food packets etc.


Why should single-use plastic be banned

Single-use plastic has become a major source of pollution globally. According to an estimate, in 20 years, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. While Plastic is a unique material which has a very long life span, the ban of single-use plastic is that, it can neither be reused nor recycled.


Why not ban the plastic all together

Many environmentalists say, ‘ Ban the plastic, plastic is drastic”, but if we do this, as an immediate impediment, many areas of the economy would be hugely dysfunctional.

Plastic is a great boon, But what lasts for 500 years, just to throw away in a single use, is highly senseless and irresponsible, given that 91% of plastic is not recycled.

Banning single use plastic as a policy decision would bring a mass ban and would be one strong and dramatic step towards a more sustainable and future generation friendly future.


Isn't it a huge economic loss for the country to ban

We need to explore sustainable ways to use resourceful materials like plastic. We produce half a trillion plastic bottles a year. We throw all these away and then produce half a trillion more. 91% of all plastic is not recycled. It is not only ecologically disastrous, it is economically senseless. Recycling of plastic is no longer a fad or luxury and it can create more business opportunities and need for lesser raw materials. Recycling has to become mandatory. Major nations must be change makers and start the process.


What can we do to spread awareness about this cause?

One can join hands with Rally for Rivers and United Environment to hold awareness to beat plastic pollution in over 250 iconic locations across different cities worldwide on 5th June, World Environment Day. Isha Foundation and Rally for Rivers volunteers will gather at an iconic location in each of these cities for a clean-up drive and spread awareness to beat plastic pollution. In addition, we will also be spreading awareness for banning single-use plastic. One simple and effective way to spread awareness is by wearing a suffocation mask (make available) and sharing a photo, video with your friends, families and on social media. You can also join the Thunderclap campaign started by Rally for Rivers online.


What are the different ways we can be part of the campaign

Can spread awareness in different schools and colleges and businesses, NGOs or any other places you think would be happy to be part of the campaign either with fundraising or joining the campaign live.

You can also join in with our centers which are located in over 250 cities and can help out in their preparations for the event.

U can design and plan a cleanliness drive, marathons or any other creative ideas you can come up with in your area and share about via photo, video with us as well as with your friends, families and on social platforms.


What is Rally for Rivers

Rally for Rivers is one of the world’s biggest environmental campaigns, started by Sadhguru in 2017 in which he personally drove across 16 Indian states in a month’s time. The campaign saw an unprecedented coming together of political leaders, farmers, industrialists, businessmen, students, professionals, media, culminating in the handing over of the draft policy recommendation to Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The initiative enlarged into a large-scale people’s movement with the participation, in various modes, of over 162 million people, across all walks of life.


What are Isha/RFR volunteers doing this year on WED

Rally for Rivers and Isha Foundation volunteers will gather at over 250 iconic locations globally to raise awareness about the challenge single-use plastic has caused globally. They will also campaign for a policy action for banning single-use plastic.


What is your mask made of? Is the mask you are using made of Plastic?

The suffocation mask is made of biodegradable material which looks like plastic, which means it can be disposed and recycled very easily.


13 MILLION TONS OF PLASTIC END IN THE OCEAN. JUST THINK !