Plastic Alternative

Bamboo and Coconut

Courtesy - India Times

What?

Organisations and communities in India are using bamboo and coconut shells to transfer saplings instead of plastic bags.

The Forest Conservation Department in the Andaman Islands in India and the Gujarat Forest Department (GFD) in the state of Gujarat are leading the charge.

How?

Since the forest departments are supposed to plant more trees, the saplings they used were always in plastic bags which would end up in the garbage or worse in the oceans.

 

So the Andaman Forest Department decided to find better ways to plant saplings and found local solutions.

 

They tried using coconut shells which the Gujarat Forest Department used but it was not usable for their nurseries.

 

In Andamans, the Chattai Bamboo is grown commercially. They took 500 bamboos which were cut off from the main stem and discarded.

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