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Lautoka Market Vendors Support Plastic Ban

“In addition to the plastic ban, they should also get rid of diapers because if you look around in some communities, diapers and plastic bags are littered almost everywhere,”
10 Nov 2019 12:54
Lautoka Market Vendors Support Plastic Ban
Mahrul Nisha showcases the reusable shopping bags sold by her family’s stall in the Lautoka Market on November 8, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

A market vendor in Lautoka believes the single-use plastic ban next year is an effective measure to take for environmental conservation.

Vishwa Nath, who has been a vendor for the past 15 years, commended the initiative and requested that other pollutant materials be banned also.

“In addition to the plastic ban, they should also get rid of diapers because if you look around in some communities, diapers and plastic bags are littered almost everywhere,” he said.

“These diapers and plastic bags are not disposed of properly, the dogs come and drag them around and leave them in people’s compounds.”

He said the best option would be to use biodegradable or reusable bags.

“We can easily sew sacks or customers can bring their own bags with them and that’s really useful. And even we can sell shopping bags for 50 cents or $1,” he said.

Mahrul Nisha of Simla, Lautoka, said her family has been selling produce for 42 years and have since expanded to bean, sayo, spices, ginger, garlic, dhal, and vegetables.

She also sells reusable bags for her customers.

“I sell my bags for $2 and these are old rice or flour bags and I sew on the handles on each side and you can carry vegetables and root crops in these bags. And the best thing is its reusable, I started selling it after the demand for it went up and our customers have started buying the bags,” she said.

“Since there will be no plastic bags next year, customers should start buying the bags so that they can be ready.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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