SRINAGAR: The state government on Thursday asked all its departments to use handmade paper folders and other stationary items for office work and in events.
“With a view to encourage the use of handmade paper folders and other stationery items, which are environment friendly, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Khadi & Village Industries Commission has strongly advised to do away with plastic folders,” reads a circular issued by the government.
The ministry had advised the government that plastic is a non-biodegradable substance and its improper disposal causes many problems.
“Almost all plastics are made from petroleum. The monomers of petrochemical plastics are inorganic materials (such as styrene) and are not biodegradable,” it said.
Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) patronises rural traditional village industries and handmade paper is one of the prime village industries under the purview of KVIC, the circular says.
Handmade paper has been globally acclaimed as “eco-friendly” for its non-toxic, biodegradable properties since it does not use wood pulp as raw material.
“The plastic folders, which are conventionally used for meetings and workshops, can be replaced by handmade paper folders which are more durable and aesthetic in look. The production of handmade paper is undertaken by the rural artisans whose livelihood depends on this trade,” the government said, and accordingly directed all the departments to give preference to handmade paper folders and other stationery items for use in the meetings, workshops and office work.