Green Retail: Caring for Mother Earth

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It is time that people in retail industry also did something for the environment. The number of retailers who insist that you carry your own bag while going shopping is increasing rapidly. Is this something good or bad?

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Green Retail: Caring for Mother Earth

  1. 1. Green Retail: Caring for Mother EarthIt is time that we did something for the environment and nowwe are finally doing something. It has been noticed that thegrowing number of retailers who emphasize on the fact thatyou carry your own bag while going shopping is increasingrapidly. Is this something good or bad?I recently entered the neighborhood grocery store from where Inormally buy my essentials. The bill came to around Rs.1600/-.The person who was at the counter asked me if I had a bag towhich I replied that I did not. He charged me a sum of Rs.10/-for two bags. When asked about this sudden change, the manlooked at me and said that it certainly was not something sudden.It had been going on for sometime, only I was not aware of it. I will not lie but this incidentleft me annoyed and satisfied at the same time. Annoyed because it really hurt to pay Rs.10/-for bags and satisfied because we were finally waking up to the call of Mother Nature in need.After a few days as I was walking out with a friend of mine, I noticed a store which sold carrybags for a refund of Rs. 15/- . A banner put outside the store clearly said that “Bring the carrybag back in any condition and get Rs. 15/-. Two similar yet dissimilar cases in the same weekwas quite a fascinating situation.Bags which are more than 40 microns are what we refer to as environment friendly bags.These bags are biodegradable, release less toxic pollutants, cause less litter and do not havesuch a great impact on landfills. They are eco-friendly bags and help in reducing the hazardsthat are caused to the environment because of plastic bags.The government has taken up strict laws and regulations, especially the state governments. Inplaces where consumers still demand for carry bags, the retailers are ordered to sell these bagsat fixed prices, no excuse is to be tolerated. In other places where they do not charge for carrybags, the retailers are ordered to use bags which are more than 40 microns.The burning of plastics is to be reduced and is completely banned in some other places.Instead of polythene bags, there are ways of reducing your use of plastics. You can always optfor bags which are made out of paper, cloth or for heavier products, jute.The government rules and regulations have definitely taken a little longer to implement butthen finally with the laws having coming to practice, the use of plastic bags has been understrict control. This allows the environment to be protected from further pollution by such non-biodegradable bags.Even though it may take some time for individuals to get acquainted with this new way of life,the effects of this practice will seek fruitful results in the future. Rance Computer Pvt. Ltd. Developers of retail software and restaurant software 131, C R Avenue, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700073, INDIA Phone: +91-(33)-4066-4277 www.rancelab.com
  2. 2. The face that it has been implemented late in India and was already in practice in othercountries makes it even more urgent a situation to help increase this process of banning theuse of plastic bags with rapidity and ensuring a sustainable life for the present as well asfuture generation.Do you care for mother earth too? Indulge in green retail. Rance Computer Pvt. Ltd. Developers of retail software and restaurant software 131, C R Avenue, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700073, INDIA Phone: +91-(33)-4066-4277 www.rancelab.com

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