LAHORE - One day seminar titled ‘Reduce & Replace Polythene Bags’ was held in mutual collaboration between Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Institute of Pharmacy to sensitize masses about the harmful impact of polythene bags on human life & environment.

Speakers included Suhail Malik, Senior Manager Operations LWMC, Jamil Khawar, Head of Communication Department LWMC, Professor Dr Maqsood Ahmed, Director Institute of Pharmacy LCWU, Dr Arifa Tahir, HOD Environmental Sciences and Dr Sumaira Ahmed, Assistant Professor Institute of Pharmacy LCWU.

Dr Masood highlighted the lethal impact of use of polythene bags on human health in the form of deadly diseases especially when used in the packaging of food items. Suhail stresses the need for using bio-degradable bags in case of unavoidable need otherwise discouraged this culture. He said that disposing polythene bags by burning or by dumping it in the ground is a big challenge for concerned departments as it doesn’t decompose even after years and causes harm upon underground water and soil.

Dr Arif said that using plastic bags results in breast cancer and a substantial awareness is required to be given among women in this regard. ‘We students can play and are willing to play a vital role in sensitizing masses about this rising issue’ said Faiza Gohar, 4th year pharmacy student.

Seminar was followed by an exhibition in which models prepared by university students were displayed and were highly appreciated by participants.