Shimla : With the state high court banning the sale and storage of non-essential food items in polythene and other non-biodegradable packets , a company on Tuesday has launched its products in paper packets here .
“GCL products in Himachal will be available in eco- friendly bio-degradable packets instead of polythene,” said Apoorv Gupta , MD GCL which has its manufacturing unit in Himachal Pradesh’s Baddi .
“In the first stage these products will be available in paper packets in Shimla , Kullu, Solan , Nahan and Mandi towns and soon cover the entire state ,” he said.
“These eco friendly packets are made out of corn starch and are 100 per cent bio-degradable certified by top laboratories .To cover the cost of the packing the price of chips and other eatables will be higher ,” Gupta said .
GCL is not ruling out other competitors to start similar packings . The company is targeting to sell products worth Rs 1 crore packed in eco friendly packets in the next one year .
GCL claims it is the first company to launch its products in 100 per cent biodegradable packets in the entire country .
Traders in the state have challenged the order of the high court banning the sale and storage of non-essential food items in polythene packets in the Supreme Court .