Government Arts College in Tamil Nadu is encouraging students to use ink pens instead of ballpoint pens in order to decrease the institution’s plastic output. The administration took the decision after noticing that the campus littered with discarded ballpoint pen refills. The college has also replaced plastic cups with metal utensils in the canteen to reduce plastic output.
While aiming to reduce the College’s plastic waste output, they ended up throwing another welcome surprise. i.e. better handwriting among the students, a fact vouched by teachers. “We have limited the use of plastic on the campus. Flex banners got replaced with ones made of cloth, and metal utensils replaced plastic cups in the canteen. We also promote the use of cloth bags among students and staff,” a teacher said.
Taking the green drive to a whole new level is the identity cards the students get. Printed on thick papers, these ID cards have reduced the College’s plastic use.
Meanwhile, the College authorities say that the students would take some time in getting used to the new imposition. This new development only underscores the College’s status of being the first plastic-free zone, as declared by Corporation Commissioner J Sravan Kumar recently. Well, to improve on an old adage, it seems that a fountain pen indeed is mightier than a sword.