Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the United Nations said Tuesday as it warned the world was choking on trash.
Highlighting the importance of protecting the environment, the minister said, "Environmental issues are gaining attention at various levels as their implications are not just on the present generation but also the future generations".
"It is undeniable plastic materials and products have many uses in daily life and we may not realise that many are single use plastics".
The strategy was announced as part of this year's World Environment Day which was hosted by the country, and the commitment tied into this year's key theme of beating plastic pollution.
"Plastics can not be recycled nor transformed".
Plastics contain a number of chemicals, many of which are toxic or disrupt hormones. The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics. Fighting plastics should not be understood as a way to interrupt businesses for some but ensure health security of the world community; we need everyone's contribution to beat plastic pollution.
"While much of the world focuses on the inconvenient truths, we have moved on to convenient actions", Modi said.
"At one month post launching this initiative, we saw a drop in the dry waste accumulation from 190 kgs to 100 kgs".
The ministry will meet with officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and discuss ways of reducing the use of plastic bags at fresh markets, he said.
Plastic can persist in the environment for almost a thousand years before it fully disintegrates and keeping this in mind, many organisations and governments are looking for alternatives to tackle this problem.
In a report for International Environment Day, the United Nations warned at current levels the earth could be awash with 12 billion tonnes of plastic trash by the middle of the century.
Also speaking, Prof Emmanuel Nzegbulam, the Dean of College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the university said that the dangers of continued use of plastics ought not to be over-looked.
Prime Minister made a fervent appeal for the world to work unitedly in eliminating plastic pollution.