Ban single-use plastics in Malaysia

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The world is in a Plastic Crisis. Plastics are seriously damaging Planet Earth. From production to usage and disposal, plastics are a menace. The plastics used end up in landfills, water bodies and oceans, or burned. They are killing terrestrial and marine life and threatening human health. Single-use plastics are the worst.

The facts are:

  • 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.
  • 95% of plastic packaging material (worth USD 80–120 billion) annually, is lost to the economy after a single use. Only 14% of global plastic packaging is collected for recycling and only 2% is reused as packaging.
  • Nearly two million single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute.
  • One million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world — and that number will top half a trillion by 2021. Less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled.
  • Plastic waste could exist for hundreds or even thousands of years.
  • The carbon footprint of plastic (polyethylene) is about 6 kg Carbon dioxide per kg of plastic. The total amount of energy embedded in one unit of bottled water can be as high as the equivalent of filling the plastic bottle one quarter full with oil.

All governments have a moral obligation to take urgent and definitive steps to end plastic pollution which is deemed as critical as the climate crisis.  

Therefore, we, the undersigned, call upon the Malaysian government to implement the following by 1 January 2019:

1) Phase out and subsequently ban single-use plastics such as carry bags, straws, water bottles, stirrers, cutlery, food containers, toothpicks, sachets, food wrap sheets, etc.

2) Impose a ban on polystyrene packaging and food containers.

3) Impose a ban on microplastics / microbeads in personal care, cosmetics and cleaning products.

4) Introduce ecologically produced, safe, sustainable, and affordable alternatives to plastics.



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