One of our core beliefs is that education is the foundation for behaviour change. And the easier we make it for people to find information, resources and alternatives, the more likely they will take action to reduce single use plastic. Here we have amassed various resources and links to information with the hopes that it will help in that big step from knowledge to action.
Here is a searchable, multi-lingual website of eco-friendly businesses in Cambodia, and what they’re doing to help our One Planet. Please add your favorite place or edit any listings per your knowledge. The intention is to celebrate the people doing good things, so let’s keep it positive and honest, folks!
Cambodia’s eco-community is growing quickly, with many activities and events happening all the time. Here’s a list of the community organisations (not including the many excellent NGOs) that we can confirm do a great job!
Here’s some of our favorite plastic fighting organisations from around the world. These are the organisations doing the research and spearheading awareness campaigns. Check the resources pages and blog pages often to stay up to date on the latest eco news and actions.
We amass a lot of useful (and sometimes not-so-useful, but interesting) graphics, infographics and assorted eco-stuff. You are happy to use what might be helpful to you, and if you’re so inclined, contribute to the collection for others to use, too. It’s all here…
We believe it isn’t. Recycling won’t solve our pollution problem – our focus should be on reducing our dependence on single use plastic, for sustainable impact. But it will take time, so we should also find ways to re-use all the plastic that is here, now, or we can’t replace easily or quickly. Here’s a link to a database of articles (only from reputable sources) that explains the challenges and opportunities.
In a 2018 study, researchers found microplastics in the stool samples of 100% of the students they tested. Real research is just coming in about just how big this problem is, and what it might mean to our planet – and our bodies. Here’s some more info on this very real threat to human health, and out planet:
There is a LOT of misinformation surrounding the actual benefit of bio plastics. We read a LOT of articles to try to make sense of it all, and to determine if products are really beneficial to Cambodia or not. Here, we have curated some articles (from impartial sources) to help consumers educate themselves on this topic.
We know very well about the harmful effects that plastic has on our planet – but little is known about what exactly the chemicals in plastic do to the human body. Research has been slow, but is now coming in – with some VERY disturbing results. We are especially offended by the safety claims of ‘BPA Free’ products for children. Please have a read to see what the medical experts are saying.
I can’t get a definitive answer on 1) if styrofoam is really recyclable or not, and 2) if it just isn’t recycled due to high cost and food contamination. I’ve read that CLEAN Styrofoam can be recycled, and there may be 1 or 2 places in the US that MIGHT take it…hard to get detailed info on this. And there have been rumours that someone in Cambodia was recycling it, but that has since been confirmed as untrue. In the articles below you’ll see that NY state has made a statement that Styrofoam is indeed UNrecyclable (or does that mean not practically recycled??) I’ve read some articles that say it CAN be, but it’s cheaper to make new product than to recycle it…and that video by the 13 year old boy who ‘discovered’ that it can be recycled into bio-diesel? From what I can tell, the oil product produced via his method would be worth its weight in gold due to the extremely high energy consumption in the process. Because I do try to give a balanced view – Styrofoam has 3 positive attributes: it’s very lightweight, cheap and doesn’t consume as much energy to make as say, cardboard products. But in my humble opinion, these 3 factors (economic) should not EVER outweigh the dangers to human health, and to our planet. The negative attributes far outweigh the economic advantages, and this product should be banned from ALL contact with food at the very least! Here’s some articles to get you started…
Here’s some info about silicone. If you still have questions, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your questions!
Join in some of the many events surrounding the topic in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – become a member of the PFSEAA Plastic Fighters, join the GoGreen Facebook Group. Information is widely available at all of these places, and your attendance, input, ideas and contributions are very much appreciated. Talk to us at any of these places to get, or give your thoughts and advice on the topic!
TALK to the stores, restaurants and hotels that you visit and REFUSE plastic whenever you possibly can. Express your concerns and your desire for options…and support the places that DO make the efforts. In short, vote with your dollars…