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He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while traveling in the country he'd seen "some of the most attractive scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution".

"Pledges like this ignore the stark reality of what's happening in this country - we've got plastic waste being stockpiled by councils with no place to go, there are no industrial-scale composting facilities for bioplastic and there are no bans on plastic bags, cutlery and other easy-to-eliminate plastic pollution".

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment added: "This has been the biggest, most resonant World Environment Day ever, thanks to the leadership of our global host India".

"These companies have drawn a line in the sand, pledging to do their bit to stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution", Sage said.

Some 86% support supermarkets moving towards more refillable and reusable packaging instead of single-use plastics and more than nine out of 10 (91%) think they should be working towards reducing their overall packaging.

Naysan Sahba, director of the UN Environment Program's Division of Communications and Public Information, said India is "very active" in tackling issues related to environmental pollution.

"These mainly find their ways into the water bodies disintegrating to micro-plastic which are consumed by aquatic animals and ultimately kills them or are transferred into the food chain".

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The association said levies and taxes should be imposed on producers and consumers of single-use plastics such as plastic shopping bags.

India produces about 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, of which only 60 per cent is processed, the Environment Ministry says.

The first film, The Smog of the Sea, documents a week-long expedition through the North Atlantic by a group including musician/surfer Jack Johnson and ocean researcher Marcus Erikson who explore the vast scale of plastic pollution in our oceans.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, and every year, up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags are used.

He said to generate employment, the government was working towards making India a global manufacturing hub for which it launched the Make in India campaign.

He said, next year, UNEP will organise the United Nations environment assembly with a focus on sustainable lifestyles.

On practical solutions to reduce plastics, Madam Aziz reiterated the need to focus on educating people on the harmful effect of plastics and how to handle it using new and intensive methods.

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