Sikkim’s bamboo bottles are true plastic alternatives
In a bid to combat plastic pollution, Lachen, a town in Sikkim has introduced bamboo water bottles for tourists as a replacement for plastic water bottles.
With this, Lachen becomes the first town in our country to completely get rid of packaged drinking water bottles.
It has been more than eight years that Lachen became the first town in India to completely ban packaged drinking water bottles
Located 129 km from Gangtok, at a height of 2,750 metres, the Himalayan town draws nearly one lakh tourists annually. It was the plastic bottles left behind by them that prompted Lachen to introduce the ban.
Tourists traveling to Lachen are being requested to leave their water bottles behind or to transfer water from their plastic bottle into a reusable water bottle made of bamboo that are available at local shops.
The eco-friendly bottles have been ordered from Assam through Sikkim Rajya Sabha MP Hishet Lachungpa. As of now, 1,000 bottles have been ordered. This year, the bottles will also be launched during the Lachen Losar festival.
This initiative was entirely community driven. Around 2,500 inhabitants joined forces to lend support for this campaign.
Did you know
Till 1974, Sikkim was recognized as an independent nation. Finally, on 16 May 1975, Sikkim officially became the 22nd State of India.