The bans on plastics made the market dominated by paper products. The main attraction of the market is paper straws rather than the plastic straws that are widely used in bakeries, cold bars, and juice. For this purpose, Kudumbasree leadership and other cottage industry groups were active in the villages. Juice shops have come up with an attractive straw of different colours. With the ban on plastic, the demand for this kind of products is increasing.
Vendors, on the other hand, say the cost of such paper products is lower and the profit margin is lower. If a packet containing 100 plastic straws was priced at Rs 13, you'd have to spend between Rs 40 and Rs 45 to get a packet of paper straws. Around five hundred Straw Averages are required on busy bars in a day.
The traders say that when this comes to Rs 65 a day, now it has to pay more than Rs 200. The same is not the case with paper kits. Where plastic bags cost one rupee, paper bags cost between 4 to 5 rupees. Consumers also complain that more goods are being broken. One kilogram of paper bag costs up to Rs 135. A biological kit can cost up to Rs. 380 per kg.
Customers are reluctant to bring bags from home, so even the smallest luggage should be packed. If not, go back without buying. So, the traders say they are buying paper kits at a loss.