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Bank of Maldives (BML) has announced it has pledged to support a campaign by No Plastic Maldives to reduce single-use plastics. BML stated it will be donating sewing machines to Women Development Committees (WDCs) in 10 different islands to produce cloth tote bags.
The campaign aims to create awareness about environmentally friendly options across the island communities and create a long-term revenue source for the women living on the islands.
No Plastic Maldives is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working towards educating, advocating and raising awareness of plastic pollution and single-use plastic. The efforts to reduce the use of plastic is in accordance with the government's action plan to phase out single-use plastics in the Maldives by 2023.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the pledge to phase out single-use plastic at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2019.