Sikkim, which became India’s first fully organic state after winning the top UN award in 2018, has once agReplacedain proved how much it cares for the environment. Two years after the remarkable win, one of its town’s  —  Lachen — has taken a major step in this regard by introducing bamboo bottles and banning the plastic ones, in order to keep the littering in check. By Kumar Shree

 

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Thanks to the gorgeous snow-capped peaks and stunning panoramic views, Lachen in Sikkim has always managed to attract thousands of visitors every year. But, over the time many careless ones have done nothing but pollute the town by dumping the plastic bottles they often carry with them. Therefore, in order to keep its cleanliness intact, the local community here has imposed a complete ban on plastic bottles, and has replaced them with bamboo bottles instead.

Rajya Sabha MP and Sikkim Democratic Front leader, Hishey Lachungpa, has ordered these bamboo water bottles from the neighbouring state of Assam. And, for proper implementation of the newly-introduced ban, the authorities have been asked to randomly check inbound vehicles, in order to ensure that no one carries plastic bottles to Lachen.

 

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The local authorities here are being provided with 1,000 bamboo water bottles. While that seems like a humble number, we know that it takes a small step to drive a big change. We are hopeful that people will opt for these bamboo water bottles and the number will soon rise. Talking about the littering part of it, the locals are also dealing with wafer and biscuit wrapper trash. What Lachen and the entire state of Sikkim is doing should be seen as a huge motivation and we must pledge to practice and promote responsible tourism.

 

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The Northeastern state had taken its first step towards banning plastic water bottles back in 1998, and later in a revolutionary move in 2016, it had announced a ban on the use of packaged drinking water in government offices, which was followed at government events as well.

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