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Anand Mahindra Says No to Plastic Bottles in Board Rooms 

Anand Mahindra heeds Twitterati’s advice, banishes plastic bottles from board rooms.  

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Anand Mahindra Says No to Plastic Bottles in Board Rooms 
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Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra is Twitterverse regular. He often tweets about matters of national importance and engages in banter with fellow Twitter experts.

On 16 July Mahindra tweeted about the ‘K C M E T scholarship selections’. He shared photos of the selections along with an inspiring message for the participants. Little did he know that he would end up receiving advice instead!

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Mitali, a Twitter user tweeted about the excessive use of plastic in board rooms. Here’s what she advised him:

Mahindra responded to the tweet by saying that he will ‘banish’ plastic bottles from board rooms.

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Appreciating Mahindra’s gesture, Twitter started giving him advice on what kind of bottles could actually replace plastic.

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Here’s hoping that more organisations resolve the plastic problem like Mahindra promises to.

Plastic is the biggest problem the world is grappling with at the moment.

India generates 62 million tonnes of waste every year, of which less than 60 percent is collected and around 15 percent processed. With landfills ranking third with respect to greenhouse gas emissions in India, and the increasing public pressure, the government of India revised the Solid Waste Management after 16 years.

India’s use of plastic is rampant. It generates over 4,354 tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic waste every day, according to a 2016 report by the Central Pollution Control Board. A knowledge paper by FICCI (2017) adds,

“Indian plastic processing industry saw compounded annual growth rate of 10% between 2010 and 2015. Annual plastic consumption is expected to increase from 12 million tonnes to 20 million tonnes by 2020.”

If the current trend continues, our oceans can contain more plastic than it does fish by 2050.

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With small but sure steps, and a constructive response to advice, like was done by Mahindra, we can hope to make a change and make the world more liveable.

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