Plastic pollution has been making headline as one of the most controversial environmental issues for many years. The non-biodegradable plastic will not only threaten the health of ecosystem, but also contribute to injuring or killing the organisms in various ways. It can feel overwhelming to cut out plastic when the majority of things we use/own are made from plastic or come in plastic packaging. Single-use plastics are used for minutes but stay on the planet for years. We need to break free from our throwaway culture and make the switch to sustainable alternatives!
In order to raise public awareness on minimizing the usage of plastic, as well as protecting the marine ecosystem, OPCFHK has launched the ‘No Straw Campaign’ since 2017. It is encouraging to hear that plastic straw consumption in Hong Kong has greatly reduced by 40% over the past 3 years. Thanks to the massive and increasing support and participation from nearly 1,800 restaurants, educational organisations, corporations and government departments, the trend of ‘straw-free’ is getting more positive and apparent. This coming year, OPCFHK will widen the target, aiming to promote the reduction of plastic and phase out the disposable culture further in Hong Kong.