Bag it, street style – The Hindu

Bag it, street style - The Hindu

Street vendors in Hyderabad are grabbing the top honors after they are making quick bucks from the ban on single-use plastics

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Street vendors in Hyderabad are taking the lead after the ban of single-use plastics

Soon after Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB), announced a ban for single-use plastic starting July 1, street vendors in Hyderabad saw a new opportunity for their business. As an alternative, they now sell bags made from woven synthetic materials. These bags are small-handled and attractive, available in eye-popping metallic magenta colours, blue, gold, silver, pink, and are water resistant. This makes them perfect for the current wet season.

These bags are popular among street vendors at busy traffic junctions like Jubilee Hills checkpost and Road no 45 Jubilee Hills. They are priced T ₹100 a piece or buy two for ₹150 after a good bargain. Ratan Raj, who sells them at Jubilee Hills checkpost, claims that the bags can also be used to carry small and lightweight laptops. 

It is important to be aware of what is most likely to sell during a given season. Ratan says: “During summer we sold strawberries, last year we sold a lot of big umbrellas; when everyone started paying through app (digitisation) we sold card machines. Business karna hai toh demand wali cheez bechna (to do business, we must sell the things that are in demand).” The vendors apparently keep a tab on online shopping sites as well to know the trend.   

Rajni also adds: “Cleaning these bags is easy. Buyers can match the bags with their clothes. Fashion mein hai ye bags (these bags are in fashion).” 

Ratan laughs when he is asked why anyone would want to buy from them. “Our goods are GST free and we are literally mobile shops. We can even cross the signal and run to you.”

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