Here's How You Can Tackle Plastic Pollution

Promoting a plastic-free Cambodia is all of our responsibility. Start by reducing your plastic consumption by finding alternatives, such as reusable water bottles.

We need your help to tackle plastic pollution!

Cross-sector collaboration on this issue—government intervention, private sector investment, public sector engagement—is imperative, but your efforts, as a conscious consumer, will determine our level of success. If you’re interested in addressing Cambodia’s plastic problem, check out these easy steps you can take to start your plastic-free journey. 

  1. Learn about plastic using our Plastic Audit Toolkit.

  • Read, share, and discuss plastic pollution in Cambodia with your friends, colleagues, fellow citizens, and family members. The more you learn, the more actively engaged you will become. Holistic solutions to this problem are dependent on your active brain, so check out our toolkit and see how you can promote a plastic-free community. 

2. Reduce your plastic consumption. (And follow the 4Rs)

  • Reducing your plastic consumption might seem difficult, but thanks to a number of eco-friendly, social impact companies springing up, it’s not impossible. Take a look at some of the companies selling reusable bags, reusable straws, eco-friendly packaging, and other sustainable and reusable products. Remember, these are only a few options available. A quick Google search will produce a ton of viable options for eco-friendly consumers. 

  • Plastic Free Cambodia: Based in Siem Reap, this company hosts educational workshops and programmes on the impacts of plastic pollution. They also sell reusable items, such as water bottles, eco-bags, etc. 

  • Babel Eco Shop: Also based in Siem Reap, Babel is Cambodia’s first zero-waste shop. Here, you can find everyday items in bulk. Bring in your reusable containers and fill up on your shampoo, detergent, coconut oil, and mosquito repellent. 

  • Suck On That: Manufacturing and selling sustainably produced bamboo straws for environmentally-conscious individuals wanting to reduce their carbon footprint. 

  • Only One Planet: Single-use food packaging materials are one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution in Cambodia. In response to this issue, Only One Planet has launched a line of eco-friendly products (takeaway containers, utensils, bags, straws, etc). 

  • Cleanbodia: If you’re looking for an alternative to plastic bags, check out this company! Perfect for commercial and domestic consumption, they sell biodegradable bags in an assortment of sizes. 

3. Engage with your local government. 

  • Government intervention and policy development will help to encourage mass adoption of plastic-free initiatives, but sound policy is based on the voices of engaged citizens.  Your input matters! 

4. Volunteer your time with a local environmental NGO.

  • Helping to spread the word about the negative impacts of plastic will promote a change in consumer culture. Plus, actions speak louder than words. People in your community need to see you being a part of the change. 

Disclaimer: The organisations listed above are not affiliated with UNDP or its partners. The sole purpose of this list is to showcase organisations that are working to provide eco-friendly options to consumers. This list is not an endorsement from UNDP and should not be considered as such. UNDP cannot authenticate the claims made above or within their websites.