Resources

our gift to you, and to our planet

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.

Check out our fancy-pants Eco Calculators to see how each of our actions add up…both financially and in impact!  Feel free to suggest a calculation that might be appropriate for your business sector, we’ll happily try to knock one up for you!

Here’s a collection of Environmental Videos to help you illustrate the problem with single use plastics and environmental protection in general.  Please help yourself but be sure to credit the appropriate agencies and give credit where it’s due!

cambodia recycling info

Here you’ll find a file with Recycling Contacts across Cambodia.  People and orgs that can use your trash, as well as more traditional contact.  Please drop us a line if you’d like to make a correction, add or update your favorite contact.  Go forth and recycle!

Cambodia Eco Friendly eats

Here is a searchable,  multi-lingual website of  eco-friendly businesses in Cambodia and Vietnam, 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.

graphics and infographics

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 directory of resources – photos of cool recycling projects, reports and a document with links relating to the global recycling issue.

About Microplastics

In a 2018 study, researchers found microplastics in the stool samples of 100% of the students they tested.  Here’s some more info on this very real threat to human health, and out planet:

‘Everywhere we looked’: trillions of microplastics found in San Francisco bay – Oct 2019

It’s raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains -Aug 2019

 

about bio plastic

There is a LOT of misinformation surrounding the actual benefit of bio plastics.  We have curated some articles to help consumers educate themselves on this topic.

UNEP Report on BioPlastics – 2015

Biodegradable bags can hold a full load of shopping three years after being discarded in the environment – Apr 2019

FAQs on Plastics – Sep  2018

Bio Plastics – A plastic revolution or a load of rubbish? – Apr 2019

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Compostable Plastics – Nov 2016

Better Alternatives Now – B.A.N. List 2.0

Biodegradable bags can hold a full load of shopping three years after being discarded in the environment

Plastics and human health

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 takes years, but the initial findings are disturbing, to say the least.

 

FAQs

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!

Check out our recycling resource page here.  If you’d like to add a resource, or update any of the details, please drop us a line…things are changing rapidly in this space and it’s hard to keep up!  Please do contribute to make this a helpful resource for everyone in Cambodia…. 

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…

There are MANY little things that F&Bs can do to reduce their single-use plastic, and work towards reducing their environmental impact.  We’re working on a guide, but in the meantime, here’s one from ASSET that might be helpful….