Plastic Bag Free German Development Cooperation in Nepal
As a way of reducing negative environmental impacts, all actors of the German Development Cooperation (GDC) in Nepal announced their commitment towards a ‘plastic bag free zone’. In addition, the staff is encouraged to stop using plastic bags in their daily lives.
The average usage time of a plastic bag is around 12 minutes only. But plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down into smaller particles, and even thereafter, they continue to pollute the soil and water and directly harm many living organisms.
Generally, in Nepal plastic bags for daily shopping are for free, which means that every day an estimated 4.5 million new plastic bags come into circulation in the capital city of Kathmandu alone. The excessive consumption of plastic bags constitutes a significant pollution threat for Kathmandu, that is plagued by a range of environmental problems since its rapid urban growth.