On a daily basis
~8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.
By 2025, there will be
100-250 million tonnes of plastic in our oceans.
In the USA alone,
100 billion plastic bags are used every year. Tied together, they would wrap around the Earth's equator 773 times!
Already, 80% of world’s drinking water is contaminated with plastic microfibers.
Globally, one million plastic bottles are bought every minute and will exceed half a trillion bottles bought per minute by 2021. Less than half of those bottles are recycled and end up choking oceans, poisoning food and water supplies and playing havoc with health and well-being of humans and wildlife.
In our continuous endeavour towards shaping a sustainable future, we are focused on beating Plastic Pollution through extensive messaging and action at vantage points.
Plastics were being extensively used at institutional offices at the Centre for Excellence and the challenge was to make them plastic-free.
A discussion with all members and the sustainability team was organised and a detailed list of items to be replaced was prepared.
With everyone's buy-in secured, all single-use plastic was replaced, including dustbins, bottles, soap dispensers, coasters, glasses, folders, stationery.
The Jamshedpur Football Club home matches under the Indian Super League (ISL) were used to promote steps to minimise plastic pollution.
Meal packaging was replaced from plastic to cardboard and plastic glasses replaced by paper. Use of flex, a plastic-based medium for printing banners and other outdoor branding, was reduced. Colour-coded bins (blue for dry waste and green for wet waste) were strategically placed to ensure waste segregation at source. Collected waste was segregated and transported through e-rickshaws. Dry Waste was sent to the Dry Waste Collection Centre for recycling and wet waste was used in composting.
These became the first such eco-friendly events in the ISL season at Jamshedpur, spreading the message innovatively.