TAMILNADU PLASTIC BAN: A ready reckoner of items banned, those allowed and eco-friendly alternatives in place 

On the 1st of January , residents of Tamilnadu would be ushering in the New year with a state wide ban on the usage of plastic. Earlier this year on World Environment Day, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced a ban of non-biodegradable and single-use plastic with a view to protect the environment and also gift a ‘plastic-free’ Tamilnadu to the future generations. 

As the public await to enter a new era sans plastic, here is a complete guide on what’s banned, what’s not and the alternatives for the ones banned. 

List of items banned:

Plastic carry bags of all sizes and thickness
Non-Woven carry bags 
Plastic cups, plates & cutlery 
Plastic water pouches/ packets
Thermocol cups and plates
Plastic straws
Plastic sheets used for food wrapping/ spreading on dining table 
Plastic flags

List of items allowed:

Garbage bags
Water & PET bottles
Plastic pots, buckets and mugs
Packages for milk, oil and grocery items
Plastic office folders
Plastic wrappers for school note books and textbooks 

List of Eco-friendly alternatives:

Paper, jute and cloth bags
Plantain leaves, Areca nut plates
Aluminium foil for food packing
Stainless steel water bottles 
Glass/ Metal tumblers 
Paper straws
Lotus leaves
Bamboo, wooden products 
Cloth flags 
Earthen pots