Every year as Independence Day approaches, we see tricolour being sold in huge numbers in streets. As India completes 75 years of independence, it is important for people to say no to plastic flags and opt for the ones made with cloth and paper.
For this Koo initiated a campaign called #plastic-Trivarnadhvaja-Beda or # Say_no_to_plastic_Tirangas in partnership with our Mitty Foundation, the campaign aims to prevent the uncontrolled use of plastic flags on Independence Day.
On August 13, 2021, celebrating 75th Independence Day, Koo App, India’s leading social media microblogging platform announced the #Plastic_TrivarnaDhvaja_Beda campaign in collaboration with Mitty Foundation. The move prompts the country’s citizens not to use plastic flags and disrespect the tricolor and to encourage them to work in a clean, environmentally friendly environment.
The government has asked also states and union territories to ensure that people don’t use plastic national flags since disposing of tricolours made of non-biodegradable has become a practical problem that is increasing on a daily basis.
Ministers, senior leaders, sportspersons, and celebrities have extended their support to the campaign and pledged they would not use plastic flags. The hashtags #SayNoToPlasticTiranga #PledgeOnKoo are trending on social media.
Following this many leaders have come forward to promote the ban of plastic flags by using the hashtag #SayNoToPlasticTiranga like UP CM Yogi Aditynath, Jairam Thakur, and many others on social media.
It is good to stop using plastic to nourish our beautiful land, nature, and environment. Never use plastic tricolor on Independence Day. Let us build a ‘Plastic Free’ New India “CM Yogi Adityanath wrote in Koo.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan also participated in the campaign and written from his official Koo Account that on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, I request that all the brothers and sisters and youths of the state proudly fly a tricolor made of attractive paper or cloth. May all of us be sworn in to create a clean and glorious India.
Similarly, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh participated in a campaign on Koo Aap from his official account and said, “On 75th Independence Day, I urge you to join the campaign and use paper or cloth flags instead of plastic flags. # To make our country clean and environmentally friendly.
Jairam Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, wrote Do not disrespect the tricolor flag with plastic. On this Independence Day, I pledge not to use plastic tricolor, and I request the citizens of my state to take this oath and increase the value of tricolors. #PledgeOnKoo
Assam Chief Minister Hemanth Biswa Sharma reminded the Northeast States of the Flag Code 2002 and appealed to the people to use only paper tricolor. He has written on Koo that, We all celebrate Independence Day enthusiastically, and I urge all citizens not to use plastic flags. Under the Flag Code of 2002, only paper and cloth flags are allowed. Let us celebrate our freedom by taking a vow to be plastic-free and conscious of environmental protection.”
Supporting the Campaign we all must use flags made from recycled materials, instead of paper or single-use plastics. Indian citizens should favour eco-friendly options, instead of buying single-use plastics flags which only end up as littering and further add to environmental degradation.