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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.

Yet, it is never an easy job to deal with, especially during the period of COVID-19. Result of the study on disposable plastic consumption earlier this year showed an increase from 3.1 pieces to 3.4 pieces per week averagely. It is believed that the boost of takeaway led by dine-in restrictions and other epidemic measures are some of the major contributions towards this increase. If this situation continues, not only the ecosystem will be more dysfunctional, the marine life will also be under a greater deal of pressure. News about entanglement or ingesting plastic in error of marine organisms will be progressively common to see.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a setback on plastic-free campaigns worldwide. The plastic-containing masks, gloves and goggles become indispensable necessities to human this year. While the usage of this personal protective equipment is inevitable, shall we intensify on reducing disposables and plastic products in our daily lives alternatively? 
Christmas is around the corner and there is going to be gatherings (do not forget social distancing  and other safety measures though!) during this festive season. Though it is understandable that using disposables at parties is really convenient, we should all take on the “plastic-free” challenge! In addition to not using plastic straws, we can also take a bigger step to protect the environment. For instance, we can wrap our Christmas gifts in reusable wrapping papers or plastic-free material. We can also bring our own utensils to parties, and reduce our plastic footprint by buying in bulk (but only the amount you need!) to avoid excessive packaging. Let’s share the joy with the marine lives in a better way together!
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