1989: Under the leadership of Dr Shahriar Hossain a few enthusiastic people initiated anti-polythene campaigning
1991: Individual initiative got organizational base by founding Environment and Social Development Organization – ESDO
1992-93: ESDO took enormous venture through media and other campaigning to make people persuade to anti-polythene campaign
1993: Various organization & personality came forward with support to the campaign. Different program organized to build consensus on this issue in the major cities and municipalities of the country
On 11 October 1993 the Government of Bangladesh decided to ban the production and trade of polythene bag outside the Export Processing Zone (EPZ). The cabinet promulgated a resolution in this connection to be effective from 18 January 1994. But unfortunately 4 days before the deadline the then prime minister postponed the resolution of ban.
30 October 1993: Being inspired by ESDO’s anti-polythene campaign 500 polythene factory shut down in Shind Province in Pakistan by the government
15 December 1993: Ashoka Foundation, USA, recognized anti-polythene activities of ESDO as most justified agenda; and decided to highlight the agenda in it’s international network
22 September 1994: Declared food processing and packaging prohibited with polythene bags in Japan and Korea, and directed to reduce the use of polythene shopping bag
18 August 1995: Greenpeace International officially recognized the anti-polythene activities of ESDO; and included the agenda in it’s international network
18 September 1995: Clean up the World, Australia based environmental organization recognized ESDO’s campaign and involved the agenda in it’s main program
October 1995: Friends of the Earth International in London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam simultaneously recognized anti-polythene campaign of ESDO and involved the program in it’s prime network
November 1997: A ban order declared on polythene bags in Shellong, India. It said that polythene bag production and use will be banned within one year
December 1998: The ban order on polythene bag is enforced in Shellong, India
12 December 1999: Ministry of Environment and Forest recognized the anti-polythene campaign as a National Most Important Movement and included in the “Sustainable Environment Management Program”
30 June 2000: ESDO selected NGO representative in the high level task force of banning of production and use of polythene bag
September 2000: The government of Moharashtra, India, declared a ban order on production and use of polythene shopping bag in it’s capital Mumbai
30 October 2000: A meeting of the task force took the decision that production, trade & use of black polythene bag will be banned from 31 January 2001; and by turns Bangladesh will be free from all kinds of polythene bags by 2003
October 2000: Calcutta City Corporation of West Bengal, India, took a decision on production and use of polythene bag, which will be enforced by year 2001
1998 – 2000: The Environment Friendly Bag Exhibition becomes an annual ESDO event. It is held as part of the organization’s anti-polythene/plastic campaign. Manufacturers of paper, cloth, jute and cane bags from all over the country participated in the event. Winners were chosen from different categories of manufactures and given accolades.
November 2001: Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment and Forest commit to banning polythene use in Dhaka as of January 1, 2002.
December 2001: Government of West Bengal of India imposed a ban on the use and production of polythene shopping bags from January 1, 2002
December 2001: ESDO takes the opportunity to strongly advertise and educate the public about the dangers of polythene and increase awareness about the upcoming ban..
December 2001: ESDO produces posters, leaflets, television commercials, and voice announcements, to prepare the public for the ban on polythene.
January 2002: Polythene is banned as of January 1, 2002 in Dhaka city and banning the production and use of polythene countrywide by March 1, 2002
March 2002: On march 3rd, parliament unanimously passed a law to ban all kind of plastic shopping bag in Bangladesh.