In a move towards a sustainable environment, Lioness Club started a drive-by providing carry bags made of paper to shopkeepers and roadside vendors of Vaibhav Khand area of Indirapuram on Monday evening.
More than 1000 small and large bags were sold out to the shopkeepers at a marginal cost. Sujata Ringe, president of the club, said that smaller bags were sold at 50 paise, while the large ones were sold at 75 paise.
The smaller ones can carry weight up to 500 grams while the larger ones can bear weight up to 3 kilograms.
The members of the club, who fondly call themselves lioness, sold bags in market complexes and temporary establishments near high-rises such as Gaur Green City, ATS Advantage and others.
Speaking on this, Ringe said that this is not a one time drive with a purpose to make headlines. "We will keep a tab on them and would pitch more shopkeepers to ditch plastic bags and use paper bags instead,” she added.
The club claimed that they are not earning any profit by selling the bags. The cost of the bags is the same as their production cost. They collect waste paper from high rises and employ human labour to carve paper bags out of it.
Ringe said that it not only saves the environment but gives employment to unemployed people as well.
Lioness Club, Indirapuram is an all-women non-profit organisation. The club deals in social welfare and works in areas of education, health and women empowerment.
Abhinav Jain, municipal councillor of Vaibhav Khand also accompanied the club members in their drive. "It's such a noble cause. At a time when we are fighting plastic pollution and unemployment, this cause will help in alleviating these problems," Jain commented.