The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh, marking World Environment Day 2023, has introduced jute-polymer-based biodegradable, eco-friendly bags invented by the Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan, for the UN staff members in Bangladesh.
The bag is also known as “Sonali Bag”.
“By promoting the use of biodegradable alternatives to plastic bags among UN staff, we hope to set an example for others to follow,” Stefan added.
This year’s theme for World Environment Day on June 5 is to explore solutions to plastic pollution under the campaign #BeatPlasticPollution, says the UNDP.
Eminent scientist Dr Mubarak Ahmed Khan, the scientific adviser to Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation and also the former Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Director General of Atomic Energy Research former, successfully developed a biodegradable polymer from jute fibre in 2017.
Following the trial, the Sonali bag drew global attention because of its being environment-friendly.
“Jute polybag or Sonali bag from jute cellulose has come far after the invention,” Dr Mubarak said. “We are now researching and exploring other areas of use for this polymer.”
By the end of 2024, UN Member States are expected to complete the negotiation of a global deal to end plastic pollution under the resolution called titled “End plastic pollution: Towards an International legally binding instrument.”