ORIGINS

eCoexist initiated work on cloth bags through a campaign called UseMeAgain in Pune. This campaign aimed to encourage people to switch to the use of cloth bags from plastic, and to buy or make bags that they could use again and again, hence the name. This approach came from the understanding that unless the Use and Throw attitude was replaced by a Reuse attitude, we would continue to generate waste of all kinds.

In this campaign we involved residents of Kalyani nagar, students from the two schools in this neighbourhood, shopkeepers and vegetable vendors. We went from house to house and shop to shop speaking to people about the need to replace plastic bags with cloth bags and to help them make a beginning offered free cloth and newspaper bags.

Beyond raising awareness, we also realised that unless there is a steady supply of natural alternatives materials such as plastic cannot be replaced. This was the beginning of our brand of cloth bags which we aptly named, the UseMeAgain bags.

 

RESEARCH

Toxics

Read a fact sheet on Plastics published by Toxics Link, Delhi here...

Polymer equals Plastic

 

Legislation

The Ban on Single Use Disposables, Maharashtra, March 2018

Analysing the ban on plastics in Maharashtra

The effectiveness of bans on plastic bags: A global comparative study, written by one of our global interns Katherine Maloney, can be read below

 

Alternatives

Substitutes for polymers

Know your Bag: A comparative study of materials

The alternatives to plastic bags as a means of transporting goods are varied. It depends on what needs to be carried, how far it needs to go and who is carrying it.

SURVEYS

EDUCATION

Posters

The UseMeAgain Poster Campaign

Artist: Ashwin Chikerur

The NO MORE poster

Artist: Aditi Deo

 

Newsletters

ACTION

Events: Carrying the Earth 2016

: By Elekhh [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Plastic Bag Legislation

GLOBAL SCENARIO

The Virtual Internship programme run by eCoexist mentors students all over the world to study the plastic pollution issue in their own countries. The articles below are the outputs of their work. This programme is run in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, Swinburne University and Franklin University.

IN THE NEWS

CLOTH AND CANVAS BAGS

A range of hand made cotton and canvas bags to drastically reduce your need for plastic bags. With several styles and artworks to choose from, our bags are easy to customise and they make excellent branding tools. Commit to a plastic-free world by using our bags again and again!