‘Kulhads’ may not be the eco-friendly alternative to plastic cups you think it is

The Print | Sep 13, 2019 at 5:00 AM
  • After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that India will phase out single-use plastics starting 2 October, Union Road Transport and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari has revived the idea of using ‘kulhads’ (earthen cups) to serve tea at railway stations.
  • The carbon footprint of single-use plastics is about 6 kg, meaning for every one kilogram of plastic produced, six kilograms of carbon dioxide is emitted.
  • The carbon footprint of producing one kilogram of bricks in India is estimated to be about 195 grams.