Man is the only living creature that is created is think and dominate over other living beings on the planet. Man can do anything right from hunting a bird or an animal to slaughtering it for his own table purpose and this is because the so-called other living beings cannot protest against the mass killings.
Apart from these killings, he is also polluting the environment by making the planet a complete mess despite barring little positives. Humans are incurring huge losses when it comes to discarding the usage of plastic.
The plastic-ban campaigns are even failing miserably in our day-to-day lives. Though people encourage home gardens, eco-friendly bags and recyclable products, but as far as the plastic bottles are concerned, it still continues to be around us in large numbers.
As plastic pollution has wreaked havoc across the entire globe, father-son duo from Imphal in Manipur, chose to educate people about the need to recycle, conserve and preserve. Sagolband Sadokpam Leikai in Manipur’s Imphal district, where a productive recycling programme is being chaired by Sadokpam Itombi Singh and his father Sadokpam Gunakanta.
Sadokpam Itombi Singh founded the S. J. Plastic Industries in 2007, and since then the father-son duo has been behind the effective recycling process of plastic waste in his area.
Itombi is a graduate of Computer Application and his father is an engineer from the Government Polytechnic, Manipur. They have been determined to pave the way for a greener future by recycling waste.
In 1990s, 65-year-old Gunakanta used to operate the small enterprise with his son who helped him in the regular operations at the recycling plant.
They used to collect plastic bottles and then send it to the neighbouring states namely Delhi and Guwahati that had a plastic recycling plant.
Now, around 120 types of plastics have been identified in Manipur alone. Out of them, almost 30 are recycled in Manipur while the rest are sent to Delhi and Guwahati after a compression process.
Today, the company has a regular staff of 35 people while six of them work on daily wages. The company, which started with an initial investment of Rs. 1.5 lakhs, now has a turnover of Rs 1.2 crore per annum.
Conventional plastics take over 500 years to break down after sitting on soil and we have already messed it up by littering all kind of plastic waste. It is no doubt that plastic waste is harmful to all life forms on Earth.
Sadly, tonnes of garbage is generated regularly in our country and the process becomes even tougher as far as disposing of the plastics is concerned. When cities expand, our dump yards also expand and with no option left, humans are targeting forest by throwing all the plastic waste there. Animals do not leave trash but humans do.