Close your eyes, and try to picture all of the rendang and kuih raya you’re about to devour in this Eid season. Now, try to imagine this; all the plastic plates, cutleries and cups you’re using are all being dumped in the landfills or oceans, set to remain for an eternity. Now take that picture and multiply it to the number of guests, festivals, and events in Malaysia throughout 1 year. Now, what will happen in the next 5 years?
Yes, you’re painting a vivid picture of what we call the “Plastic Apocalypse”.
One of the significant contributors to plastic waste during festivals and events in Malaysia is the use of single-use plastic items such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery, which are discarded after use. These items take hundreds of years to decompose, releasing toxic chemicals into the environment, and causing severe harm to the ecosystem.
Fret not, our future is not so bleak. We, as a community, need to take immediate and collective efforts to reduce the scale of plastic waste. One of the ways is by using alternatives to plastic packaging! For example, event organizers can use eco-friendly alternatives such as compostable plates, cutlery, and cups made from plant-based materials. Larger corporations alike could encourage or incentivise employees as simple as replacing single-use coffee cups with compostable ones in advocating the “E” in your ESG initiatives. By using eco-friendly alternatives, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and reduce their environmental impact. This can have a positive impact on the company's reputation, attracting socially responsible investors and consumers who value sustainable practices.
We at Circlepac provides 100% compostable packaging made from plants which turns into nutrient-rich compost within 90 - 270 days. Now imagine all the plates, cups returning to nature in less than a year, and nourishing the soils and plants while doing that. By partnering with Circlepac and promoting eco-friendly alternatives to plastic packaging, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to ESG principles while also reducing their environmental impact, improving their reputation, and unlocking new opportunities for innovation and cost savings.
So, Malaysians, it’s not all doom and gloom. Our festivals and events still remain as a time of celebration and joy, but let’s together find ways to celebrate responsibly. By promoting the use of eco-friendly alternatives with Circlepac, we can reduce the amount of plastic waste generated during these events as well as taking a step closer to closing the loop of the Circular Economy.
It's time to take responsibility for our actions and ensure that we leave behind a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations to come.
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