More and more Asian countries are taking a strong stance in the wake of China’s National Sword policy which started a ban on foreign waste imports from early 2018 onwards.
This also coincides with a spike in popular interest in the topic of plastic pollution. 7 out of 10 countries worldwide where the Google search terms “plastic pollution” and “plastic waste” index the highest are Asian countries. (for more details on this, you can contact us)
In the wake of this trend, we are witnessing a surge of entrepreneurial inititatives in Asia that address the problem of plastic waste and pollution through innovations. We highlight a few of these ecopreneurs in this Ubuntoo Digest.
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ASIA CIRCULAR ECONOMY INNOVATIONS
We highlight only a few innovations in this newsletter. For a more comprehensive overview, enter Asia in the location search option on the Solutions page of Ubuntoo.
DISCUSSION IN FORUMS
Ubuntoo member Gina Lee points out that the stat that 10 rivers, mostly in Asia, are responsible for 90% of Ocean plastic pollution is incorrect. You can read the science-based rationale here.
Ubuntoo member Xenia Tombrou would appreciate your inputs on her question: The waste management system on the Greek Islands is broken - What are best practices for an island or community to go zero waste?
Here is a selection of topical news articles we found interesting:
The 2016 documentary “Plastic China” by Jiuliang Wang is a masterful depiction of the struggles and hopes of a Chinese family operating a recycling business. Some claim that it was one of the factors that accelerated China’s national sword policy.
"Green won't come out of the blue."