SWAT (The Solid Waste Management Association, Thailand) starts their project to reduce the plastic footprint as part of the SEA circular project of the United Nations Environment Program, which is initiated by the Coordination Office for the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) and supported by the government of Sweden to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans.
Around eight million tons of plastic waste escape into the oceans every year. Plastic pollution has direct and deadly effects on marine life and our environment. It is predicted that the oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050, which will damage our planet’s ecosystem incalculably.
SWAT and the participating organizations sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to express their commitment to reducing the plastic footprint.
Plastic pollution in the oceans is a major global problem and we urgently need to take action
One of the cornerstones of the SWAT plastic footprint reduction project is reducing plastic consumption and increasing the recovery and recycling of plastic waste to support the circular economy. It is working with companies and organizations across Thailand to help them examine their current plastic footprints and identify plastic hotspots where action can produce significant results.
“Ocean plastic pollution is a major global problem and we urgently need to take action. We hope that these pioneering companies and organizations will be “catalysts” for further transformation in Thailand in the years to come, ”said Dr. Chindarat Taylor, Chair of the Plastic Footprint Reduction Project, Vice President of SWAT and CIWM Fellow.
Groundbreaking plastic reduction
SWAT works with companies and organizations that represent key sectors in Thailand: Food and Beverage, Plastic and Packaging Manufacturing, Hotels and Hospitality, Local Authorities, and Universities and Schools.
These companies and organizations include: S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited, SAPPE Public Company Limited, Cosmos Brewery (Thailand) Co., Ltd., TPBI Public Company Limited, the Sukosol Hotel, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Doi Kham Food Products Co., Ltd., SITEX Industry Corporation Co., Ltd., Wieng Theong Municipality, Mae Fah Luang University, Wat Soi Thong School and Mater Dei School.
The Ocean Recovery Alliance (ORA), an environmental organization based in the United States and Hong Kong, provides support and training in the methodology for measuring plastic footprints.
Learning together and exchanging ideas are important aspects of this project. We will be organizing future events such as roundtables and sharing best practice sessions as we keep going with this project
The companies and organizations involved in this project are pioneers in reducing their plastic footprints.
“Learning together and exchanging ideas are important aspects of this project. We will organize future events such as round tables and exchanges of best practice sessions as we continue on the right track with this project,” said Khun Patarapol Tularak, project manager for plastic project to reduce space requirements.
“This is an important project for the environment and sustainability in Thailand. I am pleased about the official start of the plastic footprint reduction project today as we have been working on this project during the Covid 19 pandemic since last year,” said Prof. Dr . Orathai Chavalparit, President of SWAT.