10 Simple Ways To Replace Plastic In Malaysia

Text Monisha Sivanesan

Just today, it was announced that the ban on plastic straws in KL, Putrajaya and Labuan will be effective January 1, 2019. Hooray! 

Though monsoon season is upon us, let’s not forget the tremendously insane heatwave we’ve just experienced these last few months. Talk about smokin’ hot, right? You can attribute the heat to the increasingly rapid effects of global warming, which in the circle of life, ultimately creates more damage towards Mother Nature. Thus, it is up to us, her trouble-making children, to fix our mistakes with some serious damage control.

With the Leonardo Dicaprio(s) of the world leading us to a greener tomorrow, we shouldn’t solely rely on them to make all the change. Although that is easier said than done, we’ve got to start somewhere. First stop: putting an end to plastic. Seems impossible due to its overwhelming presence around us right? Wrong. If anything, the crazy amount of them available and the resulting raging terror they pose towards our sea creatures (and ourselves) should open our eyes and minds to rethinking our actions.

Considering that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, every plastic that has served you well will have a terrible mark on the planet. Change begins (and maintains) with simple steps so we have rounded up 10 easy ways for you to replace plastic with some eco-friendly options:

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2. Ban The Microbead

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Halt! Point those peepers towards the ingredient list for microbeads the next time you purchase your next facial cleanser, toothpaste and shower soap. This particular plastic (which comes in polyethylene, polypropylene and polylactic acid just to name a few) is infamous among beauty products for seriously harming marine life, leading to bans by many nations.

Replace them with aquatic friendly goods such as the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator or anything from Neal’s Yard Remedies who have propagated the microbead ban for the longest time. If you wanna save some more monies, just go au-naturale with a lil’ honey mixed with poppy seeds, brown sugar or oats.

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