Social & Political

Hunza Valley becomes Pakistan’s & Asia’s first plastic free zone

Adviser to the PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said while addressing a ceremony held at Altit Hunza that the scenic Hunza Valley has become Pakistan’s first plastic- bag free district.

“The people of Hunza deserve congratulations for implementing the ban. I hope they will continue cooperating with the administration to keep the city clean and free of plastic bags,” he added.

The PM’s adviser said that Pakistan would sign agreements to start construction of public parks in Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to UN, 164,332 tons of plastic is dumped into Indus basin which is 2nd highest of any ocean globally. Micro plastic, which can’t be seen with naked eye, ends up polluting Indus river basin.

When plastic comes in contact with heat, it converts into smaller particles. These smaller particles become part of the food cycle of marine life, human and also mammals living on land.

According to a research, humans eat 72,000 micro plastic from indoor and outdoor air annually, which poses serious health risks including cancer, fatigue and obesity.

Source – Daily Times