After Uttar Pradesh’s decision to outlaw all plastic items, the Basic Siksha Parishad has taken a step further to ban the use of thermocol for making school projects. Students will now have to use alternative materials like cardboard or corkboard for the projects, that cause less harm to the environment. This initiative is taken as a subsequent action to the Prime Minister’s announcement on single-use plastic ban. the teachers’ body welcomed the move and prohibited students from using thermocol even for decoration boards in pre-nursery classes. Plastic bags having a thickness less than 50 microns have been banned with a fine up to Rs 1 lakh and six months in jail, according to a state government order. Thermocol was among the plastic items that the UP government recently banned. The police have also launched a helpline number-7839861314, asking people to inform them about any violation.