Environment-friendly cloth bags distributed by the German Embassy in Islamabad
Following the ban on using plastic bags in Islamabad since August 14, 2019, the city has witnessed several initiatives to discourage the use of single-use plastic bags.
To support the government’s ban, the staff of the German Embassy in Islamabad distributed colorful cloth bags to create awareness. The bags were handed out to students at a government school as well as in the main markets of Islamabad.
“After ban of plastic bags entered into force in Islamabad we distributed cloth bags today at a Government school, Aabpara market & Blue Area. Important to raise people’s awareness to avoid plastic for the sake of our environment! Reuse is the only solution” the tweet said.
Plastic bags have been banned in Islamabad since August 14 as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘Clean Green Pakistan’ campaign. Manufacturing, sale and distribution of plastic bags is now illegal in Islamabad.
The special teams comprising of officials from the Ministry of Climate Change are visiting different areas of the city daily to ensure the implementation of the ban.
On August 20, Islamabad’s famous eatery, Savour Foods, was sealed and handed a fine of Rs200,000 for violating the ban and shoving the officials.
Pakistan’s Minister of State for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul, who is spearheading an anti-plastic campaign in Islamabad has said the “The major focus [of the ministry] is on awareness to change public behaviour” and break the plastic addiction of the nation.