EU member-nations pledge to eliminate plastic use in embassies

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New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) The European Union member-countries on Tuesday adopted a ‘Green Pledge’ to eliminate use of single-use plastic products like bottle straws, stirrers, cups, and water bottles at their respective embassies here and switching to eco-friendly material.

“The Green Pledge comes as part of the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Campaign’ which is the theme of the World Environment Day 2018 being hosted by India, the delegation of the European Union and Embassies of the European Union member-states,” the EU said in a statement.

European Union Ambassador to India, Tomasz Kozlowski, said: “We need to move from discussions to action. We need to reduce our plastics footprint to move towards a more circular economy.”

Tomasz said that the EU delegation and members are committed not only to cut down on plastic use but also to implement a number of green initiatives which help to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.

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In order to foster the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources in India, the delegation of the European Union to India has signed a Joint Declaration of Intent with the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.

–IANS

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