Sustainable is on the table

On December 30, NITI Aayog and United Nations brought out the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20. The report stated an improvement in India’s composite score from 57 in 2018 to 60.

Kerala topped the list once again with an above-average score of 70. A score of 100 would make the state an example for the world to follow, a target we wait to achieve by 2030.

With hindsight, the literate Malayali has understood the need to manage resources. With the plastic ban that was imposed since the beginning of the year, we are now spearheading the eco-friendly bandwagon. TNIE takes a look at a few sustainable role models from the city to be proud of.

Tipplers, it’s time to give back

As sustainable as we are, Kerala also tops the list of most alcoholic states in India. The number of used bottles thrown away is large, amounting to quite a lot of glass waste. Interestingly, people can now return empty alcohol bottles to Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Bevco) at their outlets. Customers would get Rs 3 for a beer (glass) bottle, 1 kg of plastic bottles will fetch `15. Two half-litre and three 180-millilitre liquor bottles would also be paid Rs 3.

An end to the straw row

The waste generated by the use of plastic straws around the world has been a point of concern, especially considering how it is an avoidable luxury. Cochin University of Science and Technology recently set an adaptable example for other campuses and organisations in town by setting up the first-ever canteen in the country to use only steel straws. The idea to replace the plastic straws was put forward by Smile Makers, an NGO comprising Cusat staff, students and alumni. They are planning to be a plastic-free campus soon.

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