The industry may account for just 0.05 per cent of the total volume of single-use plastics in the country. And the product it uses is just one among the 22 — including spoons, forks, plates, knives and trays — that will be banned across the country from July 1 by government order.
Yet, it is the plastic straw that is at the centre of public focus as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies make a last-ditch effort to get the government to extend the deadline.
Specifically, it’s the plastic straws used in small tetra packs between 75 ml and 250 ml for juices, beverages, milk and even chaas. That’s because the companies that are impacted most are the big ones —