A study sponsored by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), conducted by the advocacy group Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) India, aimed at analyzing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 United Nations, Responsible Consumption and Production (RCP), lamented, it is “highly unlikely” that India will achieve any of the SDG 12 targets by 2030 “unless some serious action is taken by the government to reverse the current trend”.
Carrying out the study from the “consumer point of view”, it seeks to analyze the current scenario at the national level, including the role of eco-labels, the impact of the pandemic, etc., with an in-depth study in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh – through individual interviews, group discussions, qualitative analyses, documentation of successful case studies, etc.
Titled “Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Consumer Perspective,” the study says, “Recession, job loss and physical distancing have largely affected the way people produce and consume. Nothing is more like before the pandemic, people’s needs and wants are changing dramatically. There is a huge increase in the use of plastics like never before in healthcare.”
He believes: “In addition to medical waste, there could also be an increased reliance of consumers on disposable products, such as plastic plates, cups, carrier bags, disinfectants and drinking water in bottle as a hygiene measure to avoid Covid-19”.
“Further,” he adds, “an increased reliance on online delivery of consumer goods and food has led to an increase in the use of packaging materials. However, there is no “There are no estimates on the ground to show the amount of plastic waste generated in India since the corona scare.”
According to the study, “The country also generated 3.2 million tons of e-waste last year, ranking third after China (10.1 million tons) and the United States (6.9 Following the current growth rate of e-waste, an ASSOCHAM-EY joint report, titled “E-waste Management in India”, estimates that India will generate 5 million tonnes by 2021. ”