tamil nadu plastic ban: how cotton and jute bags are picking up
The use of disposable plastic products in Tamil Nadu has led to a new \"cloth wave\" in the state \".
The supplier asked the customer, \"Do you have a bag? Or do you want to buy one ? \"?
The problem has caused thousands of reactions. As bag-
Stitch workshops in cities such as Tiruchi and female self
Help groups in villages like Thottiyam have been mobilized into contract production and textile manufacturers in centers like Karur and Madurai are re-adjusting their inventory, including cotton and yellow
For institutions participating in social enterprises, the renewed interest in natural fiber products is from \"use-and-Throwing at \"patch\"and-reuse’.
But how easy is it to produce bags, how do they compare with plastic peers? “Price-
It is wise that plastic is always cheaper, such as only 50 paise to 1 paise per bag.
A small cloth manjappai (
Yellow cotton bag traditionally used in southern India)costs ₹15-
N Babu of Chennai SN Rao and Sons said. The family-
For the past 40 years, run business has been running bags made of cloth, paper and plastic.
\"For cost reasons, customers think twice about investing in cloth bags for bulk orders such as weddings, but, because of the ban on plastic, they have no choice,\" he said . \".
\"We also have biodegradable plastic bags (
Made of bamboo fiber)
But they have a shelf life of only six months and are less sturdy than regular plastic.
Customers are not interested in such experimental ideas.
Custom boomHome-based tailors (mostly women)
Cotton bales are now being produced for larger manufacturers, with prices as low as RS in madulai and Karu.
S. Parthasarathy of Karur Sri Sai clothing provides \"gray fabric\" or \"gaada\" fabric to companies that use Tamil Nadu bags to prosper.
\"If a customer buys a bag for £ 10 --
15, this is usually due to the possibility that traders will resell export surplus/rejected inventory from cities such as Karur or Coimbatore.
\"Quality bags will cost £ 50 or more,\" he said . \".
Another way to lower prices, he said, is for manufacturers to use the remaining fabric of other orders to make bags, a method that many garment manufacturers in Karur are adopting.
With direct and indirect foreign exchange earnings from household linen exports close to Rs 6 K, Karur\'s manufacturers cater to well-known customers such as Western Wal-Mart, Ikea, Carrefour and JC Penney.
Automatic looms in neighboring towns such as Erode, Namakkal, Tiruchengode and Rasipuram are responsible for the weaving of many Karur companies.
\"At least 5 lakh cotton bags are produced per month for domestic consumption, but this does not meet current demand,\" said Parthasarathy . \".
\"We expect the plastic ban to create a new market for fabric bags in Tamil Nadu.
\"The shift to cloth bags is not limited to cotton;
Jute is another natural fiber with potential.
T Ayyappan, deputy director, said: \"With the saturation of the cotton market, more and more people choose to use jute, not only for bags, but also for decorative goods and homes . \" Chennai National Council of Jute
A natural fiber produced by the hemp of cor grass, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal is being made by many small-
Medium-sized enterprises in India.
\"The jute can be used not only to make sacks, but also to sew sacks.
Thread can be used for crochet crafts.
Anyone with an industrial sewing machine (worth ₹15,000)
A unit can be started to produce yellow sacks.
NJB also provides a 50% subsidy to manufacturers participating in foreign trade fairs, \"Ayyappan said.
Not just a replacement for the fabric market.
Product-based products have diversified into lifestyle areas such as wedding bags, women\'s sanitary pad packaging, and even stationery.
But if the cheap cloth bag is just used to replace the plastic, it doesn\'t make sense, says Krishnan Subramanian, who runs Madurai --
Yellow bag with cotton as carrier.
\"Banning Plastic doesn\'t really change people\'s attitude towards environmental protection.
Friendly products, \"he said.
\"Each cloth bag consumes energy in terms of electricity, planting crops, etc, and this should not be thrown away.
The quality of the bag should last for about a year. Resources —
Whether it\'s paper, cotton or plasticare scarce.
How we use these products is critical . \"