‘ManjalPai’ literally means Ýellow bag’ (In Tamil, manjal means yellow and pai means bag). A Manjapai is thus a cloth bag in yellow color, considered an auspicious one.The bags not only revive the lost 'ManjalPai' culture of Tamils, but also spreads the message to avoid plastic and plant trees.
They look simple but are made up of cotton. These bags take less than 180 days to biodegrade naturally once discarded. So users can throw them away without worrying about harming the environment. The bags are even edible and will cause no harm to animals if ingested.
The partial or total ban on plastic bags in several Indian cities is often lauded as a welcome move by most people. As it should be! But if you ask those who cannot afford alternatives like cloth bags (or forget to bring them to the market) – using just hands to carry eggs and vegetables home can be a juggling act.