Single-use plastic items may be the idea of convenience, but they pose a serious threat to both the environment and public health due to the harm they do during production, distribution, and dumping.
When a huge event happens, there will be a lot of waste left behind, especially single-use plastic, no matter where you reside in the world. Sadly, this is a global issue that requires attention.
However, a small community in Cambodia made an effort to change things with the support of its governor.
Preah Dak, a small village in the District of Banteay Srei, decided to avoid plastic bags during the week of the Khmer New Year celebrations that took place in April.
Instead of using plastic or Styrofoam to serve foods like grilled chicken and fish, the majority of vendors used natural materials like lotus and banana leaves.
Khim Finan, the governor of Banteay Srei, has a forward-thinking plan for his district, especially Preah Dak, which he hopes to turn into a model village for the region.
The village has already undertaken efforts such as installing solar street lights outside each home, organizing community trash collection, beautifying projects, and promoting local artisans.
These initiatives have been undertaken to promote pride in the locals and their heritage as well as to increase public awareness of Preah Dak.
To represent a gradual but growing awareness of the need to lessen the use of plastic in the Kingdom, this community is taking little initiatives.
The enthusiastic participation of the locals, with the support of the government, shows how easily simple improvements can be made to safeguard the environment and shows how proud they are of their community and local heritage.
Here are some examples of single-use plastic products harming our communities and the environment:
- Coffee cup and carry bag
- Plastic bottles
- Styrofoam takeaway containers
- Plastic packaging materials
- Plastic cutlery
- Plastic shopping bags
In order to protect public health and food quality, the government is also advising food vendors to avoid using cheap plastics to package their items.