Come summers along with several city NGOs have initiated eco-programmes to create awareness regarding water conservation, plastic ban and switching to clean lifestyle. The emphasis is on to engage in community-based programmes.
Phulkari’s initiative, “Phulkari Green” with Holiday Inn as their first partner aims for promoting plastic-free alternatives to the conventional everyday use items. The initiative began by replacing all the plastic disposables with materials that were reusable and recyclable.
President, Phulkari said, “The hotel has already replaced its plastic disposables with biodegradable material like paper and plant based alternatives.”
A similar effort has been made by several other hotels that have replaced plastic-ware with products made from baggage, paper and earthenware.
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WWF, Punjab chapter, has also initiated to replace wooden pencils and introduce pencils made from recycled paper. Under the campaign that was launched last year, a target of making 1,00,000 students switch to this mode has been undertaken.
The organic farmers’ market too is promoting healthier alternatives to plastic and Dilbir Foundation is collaborating with individuals like German tourist Jora Mahi, to promote use of cloth bags through activities in schools. Mahi has been conducting workshops and awareness sessions in city schools to promote healthy, clean lifestyle.
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Ever since Amritsar Cantonment became the first in India to adopt solid liquid waste management concept, it has led by example. After winning award for cleanliness two years back, the cantonment has once again been awarded one of the fastest moving local body in sanitation in Swacch Sarvekshan 2019.