Pune: Polymer expert S Radhakrishnan was felicitated on Tuesday with the ‘Paryavaran Bhushan’ award by Environmental Club of India.
The event was held on Tuesday evening at Sumant Moolgaonkar Hall in MCCIA Towers on Senapati Bapat Road. Several experts from different fields were also awarded with ‘Paryavaran Gaurav’ awards at the event.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Radhakrishnan said that humans cannot do away with plastic. Hence, they should treat plastic as a friend and not as an enemy. “However, the main focus should be on reusing plastic. We have a product which lasts for a thousand years,” he added.
The expert highlighted the need to have testing labs to test alternative polymers to plastic. “I have seen many people waiting for government certification to get clearance for biodegradable plastic bags. The process of certification should be smooth so that the market attracts more players,” he added. The expert also highlighted that if raw material required to produce biodegradable plastic is available in India, then it will get cheaper in future.
Speaking about ban on plastic, Radhakrishnan said that there is lot of chaos about the ban and there is need to create awareness.
“I have come across many examples of marine animals dying after eating plastic trash. Plastic is not an edible material. It does not smell or taste but animals are consuming plastic as they are finding food source covered in plastic. We are throwing this trash in sea and so we must avoid this,” he added.