Minister Temjen Imna Showcases Nagaland's Organic Packaging

BJP Leader and Nagaland Minister Temjen Imna Along has garnered quite a loyal following across India for his fun and approachable social media presence and a few days ago on the occasion of International Plastic Bag Free Day on (3rd July) he once again sparked conversation when he shared a video of a roadside vegetable stand in Nagaland where the goods were wrapped in ‘organic packaging'.

The caption reads – in a mixture of Hindi and English –  “Is it World Plastic Bag free day today?” and the clip shows a food blogger showing how the shopowners have wrapped the goods in banana leaves and tied them with strips of bamboo instead of using plastic bags. In the video, he explains that it's rare to find vegetable shops or sellers in Nagaland that use plastic, and organic packaging is more or less the norm.

The comment section had a lot to say about his video with one user agreeing, “That’s why most of the northeast states including Nagaland are environment friendly. Very rare to find organic vegetables in the market,” While another says, “This packing is very important from the point of view of the environment.”

Returning to traditional, organic packaging methods can have numerous benefits for the environment. Our ancestors relied on materials like cloth, paper, and natural fibres for packaging, which are biodegradable and have a smaller carbon footprint. These materials are often sourced from renewable resources and can be easily recycled or composted, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. 

By adopting such packaging options, we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and minimise pollution associated with plastic bag production and disposal. Embracing sustainable packaging practices aligns with a more eco-friendly approach and contributes to the preservation of our planet for future generations.