Temple in Kerala, India, bans plastic bags after the death of an elephant, joining many other temples across the country

Aranmula Parthasarathy temple, one of the most venerated and oldest temples in the south Indian state of Kerala, has banned plastic bags and packaging inside the premises. The temple further has pledged to be plastic free in the coming 2 years. Aranmula is one of 1,058 temples in the south Indian state of Kerala alone to ban plastic bags this year. The movement sweeping the country is in line with the national policy to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022. The temple took action after a wild elephant died of consuming plastic trash discarded by visiting pilgrims.

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