Help shape a plastic-free future in Malaysia

Did you know we dump eight million metric tonnes of plastic into the world’s oceans every year?

Plastic is now one of the top issues facing us globally. Sadly, Malaysia is ranked eighth among the top 10 worst plastic polluters. It’s not something to be proud of. The largest chunk of plastic production in Malaysia is used for packaging, followed by electronics, household, automotive and other purposes.

WWF-Malaysia is working to reduce plastic in our oceans and for that, we need more information from you.

Why we must act now

Plastic is choking our oceans and the creatures within them. Many of the sea creatures we love – birds, fish, turtles and whales – die because of the plastic that is suffocating our seas. Turtles eat plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish. Seabirds are found with stomachs full of plastic and it also gets lodged in coral, affecting the health of reefs.

What is particularly scary is that based on the 2017 study in the journal Scientific Reports, humans also digest plastics when we eat seafood. Microplastics are eaten by fish and prawns who pass it back up the food chain to us (source: www.nature.com).

Why we must act now help fight plastic pollution
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Turn the tide on plastic

How does plastic get into the ocean? The bottom line is us. Whether we mean to litter or not, there's always a chance the plastic we throw away could make it into the sea, and where does it go? Maybe as far as the Arctic.

Big changes start with small steps and we all have the power to make a difference.