Source | economictimes.indiatimes.com
Nitin Gadkari is one of the best minds in the current Cabinet. Yet, he now seeks to revive an old failed policy. Once, tea in shops was served in kulhads — small throwaway terracotta cups. That gave way to ceramic cups and glasses, which were not thrown away, but needed a lot of water and labour for washing. Today, many vendors have shifted to throwaway paper or plastic cups.
Paper and plastic cups are mass-produced by machines. Many more jobs would be created by returning to the use of kulhads, made by village potters. Besides, throwaway paper and plastic cups cause environmental problems. Paper requires the cutting of trees. Plastic waste can clog drains and ruin waterways.