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28-year-old Civil Engineer is distributing free eco-friendly straws made out of castor beans to replace Plastic Straws in Bengaluru

It is undeniable that the harmful effects of plastic pollution have manifested themselves in a million different ways – from threatening marine life to polluting the soil and by extension the groundwater and even the food we eat. They release toxic byproducts during production and are almost impossible to completely dispose of. According to a recent study, in India alone, 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated annually, of which 40% remains uncollected. This can be found throughout the country almost uniformly, from the smallest cities to the largest. 40% of the aforementioned estimate of India’s annual plastic waste generation exists in the form of single-use food-packaging items.

The omnipresence of plastic is striking and the government is reasonably panicked. Though refusing plastic bags while buying groceries is definitely a noble act and will deter the prolonged use of plastic yet, there is still a pressing need for a step beyond the conventional methods.

One such step was taken by the 28-year-old Shiva Manjesh of Bangalore.

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