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No Plastic Bottles in Sikkim Anymore in 2022- Get Ready to Be a Responsible Traveler

Sikkim’s lofty mountains, green forests, emerald mountain lakes, stunning icy cold deserts and amazing flowery meadows never cease to blow your heart away. This beautiful destination is bestowed with breathtaking beauty of nature. Sikkim is indeed the most beautiful travel destination of India and in order to increase its charm Sikkim government’s tourism board has announced to ban the use of plastic in the year 2022. The ban will be strictly implemented in the state everywhere from January 1 2022.

It’s a very good initiative from the government as the use of plastic bottles is very harmful for the environment. Keeping in mind its harmful effects the government has completely banned the use of plastic anywhere in Sikkim and encouraged everyone to use eco- friendly and organic products. This one decision will prove to be the game changer for the environment and the tourism of Sikkim.

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The state will use eco-friendly materials as an alternative option for plastic. However, there should not be any loss to the businesses with the plastic ban in Sikkim. There will be three months’ time to deplete the prevailing stock of plastic materials, even the flow of bottled drinking water from outside is banned.

According to Marcus P Rai, Joint Secretary, Tourism & Civil Aviation department said “We are encouraging villagers to mass-produce bottles from bamboo and other biodegradable materials,”

The tourist places in Sikkim will be free of plastic from 2022. Tourists on their part have to become responsible tourists and promote eco- friendly tourism to protect the environment from harmful plastic. The aim of every traveler should be to contribute and encourage every other person to use eco- friendly and organic products.

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The homestays in Sikkim have been asked to restrict the use of plastics and provide authentic village type experience to the tourists. Going overboard in the name of facilities will deplete the simplicity of Sikkim tourism.

The simplicity of Sikkim has been luring tourists from all over the world for decades and this decision to ban plastic has already been implemented in Sikkim’s government offices and events since 2016 but now it will be followed everywhere.

With this decision Sikkim has become the first Indian State to show serious concern for the harmful effects caused by plastic to the environment. Being the first state to adopt organic farming, and now the record of being the first state to target plastic bottles, Sikkim has proved that it is way ahead in thinking about the protection of our mother Earth.  Now it is our responsibility to be a responsible traveler to safeguard the beauty of the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Apart from the ban of plastic in Sikkim, will this ban be implemented in Airlines and other transport services?

Yes, apart from the ban of plastic in the state everywhere, tourists will be asked to avoid the usage of plastic bottles in Airlines and other transport services?

Q.Which is the first state to ban the single use of Plastic bottles?

Sikkim is the first state to ban the single use of plastic bottles. In fact, in 1998 it became the first state to ban disposable plastic bags. In 2016 Sikkim banned the use of plastic bottles in government offices and other events.

Published: 16 Dec, 2021

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Pallavi Roy

She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.