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Plastic bag free zone declaration in Khumbu

Plastic bags are used widely for daily purpose in Khumbu Region because it is cheap and convenient. Meanwhile, plastic bags are considered to be one of the major causes of environmental pollution. Keeping that in mind, SPCC jointly with Sherwi Yondhen Tshokpa (SYT – a network of Khumbu Sherpa students) started a campaign to ban plastic bags in Khumbu in 2010. SPCC had distributed recyclable bags to shopkeepers and also at the Gonpas where plastic bags are often used widely during festivals. SPCC and other NGOs continue to support this campaign by encouraging people to use environment friendly bags.