Green protocol as of today has truly become a movement in Kerala. It has definitely taken the form of an enviro-cultural revolution that the mission strongly believes is going to change the way we live in this Country and on this planet.
This initiative has been awarded the CM’s award for best developmental intervention. MoUD has now directed the mission to spearhead this initiative in the upcoming FIFA world cup.
Why and What is Green Protocol?
A deep analysis into the problem of Solid Waste Management will light the fact that waste becoming an unmanageable problem is a very recent phenomenon that began hardly ten to fifteen years back at the most.Increase in population as claimed by many is definitely not the main reason. If one analyses critically, it boils down to one word “Disposables”.
By disposables what is meant here is that the use of one time use and throw products has increased drastically in the past ten to fifteen years and with it the magnitude of the problem of its disposal. Disposable water bottles, disposable paper, Styrofoam and plastic cups, disposable paper, plastic and Styrofoam plates, disposable food packaging including aluminium and Styrofoam packaging, plastic bags, etc. Therefore Green protocol is essentially a set of measures which when implemented results in significant reduction of waste with primary focus on prevention of use of disposables and using reusable alternatives like glass/stainless/porcelain cutleries.
When Green Protocol is implemented in any event, non biodegradable waste generation becomes close to zero. Therefore, the question of waste management post the event becomes virtually non- existent. It was tried for the first time in National Games and now it has become a people’s movement with many functions including weddings implementing Green Protocol.
How to follow Green Protocol?
- Avoid the use of all types of disposables (including plastic, paper) in daily life
- Always use cups and containers that can be washed and reused instead of those made of plastic or paper
- Avoid banned plastic materials; follow government rules in this regard
- Segregate bio and non-bio degradable; compost bio degradable at source using simple and appropriate composting devices
- Keep the non-bio degradable clean and dry and store separately based the type; hand it over to local body systems or scrap dealer for recycling
- Avoid ‘use and throw’ carry bags. Always use bags made of eco-friendly materials
- Always use cloth banners instead of flex
- Use bamboo baskets or ones made of eco-friendly materials instead of plastic waste baskets
- Always use eco-friendly materials like leaves flowers etc for decoration and while making bouquets for felicitating guests.