A team of researchers argue that solutions currently on offer, such as recycling and cleanup technologies, are not sufficient, and that we must tackle the problem at its root.
A majority of the fish sellers in Mavelikkara area no longer use plastic covers as most of the customers bring their own bags.
Before the plastic ban, small grocery shops required at least 1 kg of plastic cover weekly and 4 to 5 kg monthly.
The presence of plastic has already been confirmed in plankton found on the surface of the sea. Planktons are the main sources of food for coastal fish varieties.
It is imperative for Kerala to look at similar ban in other Indian states, which was marred by uneven enforcement, ambiguity on the banned items and pressure from trading bodies.
Though the government had instructed the Beverages Corporation, Kerafed, Milma, and Water Authority among others to take back plastic bottles and covers, arrangements in this regard have not been completed.