Since the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) started functioning in the e-commerce industry two months ago, the Commission has been using handmade paper for packing goods, which is intended to comply with KVIC’s Green Principle.
KVIC is using handmade envelope packets and handmade carton boxes for packing goods. Plastic is being used only in the packing of liquids so that there is no leakage of liquids in the transport. KVIC used to use pages earlier for safe delivery of face masks but would soon start using specific envelopes made of banana fibers.
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission is believed to have taken this step keeping in view the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directive under which the e-commerce companies were asked to reduce the excessive use of plastic used in packing of goods. Has been done in order to reduce the threat to the environment. The tribunal also directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to take necessary steps to curb excessive plastic pollution used by e-commerce companies.
Using handmade paper bags and carton boxes, KVIC is simultaneously accomplishing two objectives, first is environmental protection and second is employment generation. KVIC is producing these packing materials at its Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute in Jaipur which is creating additional employment.
KVIC President Vinay Kumar Saxena said that Khadi clothes are considered to be the most eco-friendly in the world and environmental protection is paramount in any KVIC activity.
Answering questions related to the directive of the NGT, the chairman said that using Khadi paper packets to convey them to consumers is the most environmentally conscious way to convey them. It is noteworthy that by packing paper, the weight of any goods increases compared to plastic packing, which increases the cost of KVIC to deliver it to the customer. KVIC carries this cost to ensure that it does not harm the environment.
KVIC’s initiative has been appreciated by online customers. Sumit Mathur, a regular Khadi customer in Jodhpur, says, “I was pleasantly surprised when I received a packet from KVIC in a hand-made paper box. In less than 2 months, I ordered several items on the Khadi Village Industries Commission’s e-portal and I am happy that plastic is not used at all in the items I get every time. ”
Alka Bhargava, a Khadi consumer from Karnataka, the second-largest customer base state after Delhi, says, “The use of handmade paper instead of plastic in packing goods is a conscious effort to preserve the environment, it should be appreciated.” Said “The least use of plastic is the best initiative to reduce plastic pollution.”