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Makara Sankranti! Message against single use plastic gets louder

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Mysuru: Mysuru is popular as a clean city in the country. Yet again, the authorities are also tirelessly working to regain the crown in Swachh Survekshan 2020. 

Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) is continuously organising campaigns against single use of plastic. Joining the cause, a few environment enthusiasts came out with innovative and eco-friendly methods to share ‘Ellu Bella’ ( Sesame and seed jaggery), a tradition in Makara Sankranti festival. 
A notice in Kannada put outside the house of environmentalist Ramesh Kikkeri against single use of plastic during Sankranti festival in Mysuru.

City based Texa Clothing Company designed small 10×10 cm cloth bags to pack ‘Ellu Bella’. The company had prepared 3,000 such bags exclusively for the festival, with each bag priced Rs 10. All the bags were sold in 24 hours. 

Company founder Sujay Raghavendra told Mysoorunews.com it’s a completely eco-friendly step towards sustainability. We sell festival bag with equal share of Rs. 2.50 benefit to farmer, weaver and same share to tailor and seller. It is a step towards beating single use of plastic, he said. 
Ramesh Kikkeri, an environmental activist had put up a notice in Kannada outside his house in Srirampura, that “Please forgive. The plastic which cannot be reused won’t be accepted. Please pour the ‘Ellu Bella’ you bring to a steel utensil and take the plastic along with you. You also don’t use single use plastic’.
Ramesh also stitched small cloth bags to share “Ellu Bella”. 
Mysuru is stepping towards zero tolerance against single use plastic, the message which got louder with Sankranti festival.
– Team Mysoorunews

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