The State Minister for Climate Change has decided to make Islamabad follow in the footsteps of Punjab where recently the use of plastic bags was banned. According to the statement of the minister, the use of plastic bags will be banned in the capital starting from the 14th of August.
The ban is very important for Pakistan because it is listed 7th in the list of countries that are affected by natural disasters and direly requires environmental changes.
The climate change ministry has already distributed cotton bags amongst its officials, media personnel and other important figures to be used as an alternative to plastic bags in the capital. At least 5,000 cotton bags have already been produced which can be reused.
The very same bags will also be distributed in free of cost on Friday and Sunday bazaars along with other select markets. An awareness campaign is also being designed to be implemented in the capital that will tell people how important it is to shift to cotton bags instead of plastic bags.