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Plastic ban blues 

A week after it was imposed, Maharashtra has eased the ban on plastic after hectic lobbying by global brands and the plastic industry. Among those who were talking to the government were fashion brands.  

  • Published 5.07.18
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A week after it was imposed, Maharashtra has eased the ban on plastic after hectic lobbying by global brands and the plastic industry. Among those who were talking to the government were fashion brands.  

The ban had been proposed against the use of single-use plastic, which is relied on heavily for the packaging of products. Among the companies which met government officials were Amazon and H&M.   

Now the government will allow e-commerce companies to use single-use plastic for three more months. But during these months the e-commerce companies will have to frame a buyback plan to collect the plastic used in the packaging, ensure its reuse and disposal, as well as look for environment-friendly alternative packaging material.