Bhumi, a Chennai based NGO, organized a fun and engaging activity at Café Soul Desires, Sector 36 on August 19th, Saturday for it’s newly recruited as well as old members in the City Beautiful. ‘Paper Bag Making’ was organized with the aim of promoting the ban on the use of plastic bags in Chandigarh directed by NGT (National Green Tribunal). The activity involved making of paper bags manually from old newspapers which were later distributed to various shopkeepers and vendors in the city. The proactive team of organizers from Bhumi had Riddhi Jasrotia, Ayush Srivastava and Kavita.
The event started around 1:00pm with piles of newspaper, a large number of volunteers, huge quantities of glue and lots of enthusiasm. Everyone was given a demonstration of how to make a paper bag following which volunteers sat in groups and began working. While each volunteer was given a target of making 25 bags, the enthusiastic volunteers were able to make more than 800 paper bags in a very short time showing their dedication to the Noble cause.
“The best part of the day was that the unforeseen rain did not stop people from volunteering for a good cause rather it increased their enthusiasm many folds”, said Riddhi Jasrotia, one of the organizer.
Later, everyone went out and distributed the bags to vendors and shopkeepers and explained the harmful effects of plastic bags on the environment, society and the animals.
“Plastic bags have become a menace for our environment and even after strict guidelines from the government we still sometimes see plastic carry bags being circulated in the markets. People need to be made aware about it’s adverse effects”, said Shagun, one of the volunteers. Another volunteer Sakshi said, “Bhumi gave us an opportunity to both volunteer for a very thoughtful cause and live our school days again.”
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