Recognising the Gendered Impact of Plastic Pollution
By Jija Dutt and Megha Biswas
From single-use water bottles to food packaging and personal care products, plastic has permeated every aspect of our lives. Recognizing the grave environmental threat posed by plastic pollution, world leaders and policymakers, including the Government of India, have intensified their focus on environmental sustainability. However, the gendered impact of this growing hazard remains overlooked and inadequately addressed. Women, often relegated to the margins, are at the forefront of battling the repercussions of our plastic addiction. Their roles not only as primary consumers but also as workers in the informal waste sector in India make them particularly vulnerable.