Unique initiatives in 7 airport for a greener India
Mangaluru, June 07, 2022: It was a pleasant surprise for the passengers flying through Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Jaipur, Mangalore, and Guwahati airport. The baggage tags had something ‘green’ hidden. Instead of the usual paper tags, they were filled with plantable seeds!
Around 1,500 plantable baggage tags were distributed to passengers flying through these seven airports across India on World Environment Day.
The environmental-friendly baggage tags contain seeds of summer vegetables, such as green chilies, tomatoes, and brinjal, along with herbs such as basil and flowers like marigold. The seeds are organic and the sprouting rate of these plants, vegetables, and herbs is around 60-70%. If all of them were planted and taken care of, every packet could sprout into 720 to 1,200 vegetable plants.
The specialty of these baggage tags is that the entire tag can be soaked in water and planted in the ground/soil, to create a resourceful and beautiful green garden. The paper used in these tags is wood-free and is made using upcycled cotton scrap. The string is made from jute. Both these materials are easily and biodegradable.
Even the colors used are not harmful as they are aqueous.
“According to Environmentalists one of the simplest ways to go green and save nature is to plant as many trees as possible. So we decided to distribute plantable baggage tags to all our airport users on the eve of World Environment Day. There were also various other activities and initiatives to maximize awareness about the need to protect the environment,” Adani Airports Holding Limited (AAHL) spokesperson said.
On the occasion plants and seedlings were also distributed in cotton bags to passengers arriving at the airport along with specially made cotton bags that can be used during traveling.