Pune: After the plastic ban, the sale of bamboo products is picking up in the city. Though costlier than paper products, there is still a market for products like bamboo pen, diary, toothbrush, speakers and the latest alternative to plastic straws - bamboo straws.
Yogesh Shinde who runs a production unit of bamboo products in Pimpri told Sakal Times that people are switching to sustainable material like bamboo.
“Earlier, only 10 brushes were manufactured in a week, but after the plastic ban in the State, the demand for products including speakers, pen, diary, brush, straws, toothbrush, earbuds, spoons and fork has increased by 50 per cent. Now, we produce and sell 15,000-20,000 products per month.”
Shinde said they are in talks with Assam and Madhya Pradesh government to spread awareness about bamboo products.
Shinde also mentioned that after the plastic ban, straws were immediately affected as they were widely used in restaurants and hotels. “Currently, bamboo straws are purchased only by prominent hotels and restaurants who can afford it while others are using paper straws,” he said.
Pramod More, a trader of bamboo products at Ghorpadi Peth, said, “People in Ghorpadi Peth areas have started using bamboo spoons, forks, lamp, straws, ice cream sticks, baskets and chairs. Earlier, the sale of these products was only 10 per cent and now it has shot up to 60 per cent.”
Veena Nene, a trader of sustainable products in Karve Nagar, said, “Most people are interested in buying bamboo speakers as they think its a new concept in the market. They are buying it as a gifting or corporate materials.”
Bamboo traders in the city said since bamboo straws are costlier than paper ones, they are not keeping it in their stock. Amit Thakkar, owner of Thakkar Plastics located on Paud Road said they prefer to stock paper straws instead. Raghuvir Kelkar, another trader of sustainable products situated in Kothrud, echoed similar sentiments.
Prices of bamboo products
Diary and pen Rs 400
Toothbrush Rs 100 to Rs 130
Speakers Rs 100
Straw Rs 25 per piece
Spoon and fork Rs 2 to 5
Earbuds Rs 50 to 100