Plastic Free Cambodia is working to reduce the use of single-use plastics in order to create a healthier community and environment.

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About Us

Why we do what we do

  • Plastic never goes away. Ever.
    Every piece of plastic that we have created is still here on earth in one form or another.
  • Plastic waste affects fish, sea creatures, birds and other wildlife.
    Eating plastic waste is harmful for fish and marine animals, it could also be harmful for you when you eat fish and seafood!
  • Plastic is dangerous to our health.
    Plastic bottles and polystyrene/styrofoam containers contain chemicals that are known to cause cancer. Most of us have heavy industrial chemicals in our bloodstream because of the plastic we use every day.

The reality in Cambodia right now

There is an over-consumption of single-use plastic in the major cities and tourist sites of Cambodia, and a lack of knowledge about the consequences for the environment and people’s health. To make it worse, there are not many recycling options or waste management options for plastic. Everything ends up in landfill, the river, the sewer, the ocean or being burned.

With an estimated 5.5 million tourists visiting in 2017 and a projected 7 million tourists per year by 2020, there is a large impact on the environment. Most visitors stay for just 3-4 days and don’t realise the impact their visit makes on the country after they leave. Clean drinking water is perceived only to come from bottled water, however Cambodia has developed a lot in recent years which means that filtered water is readily available at a smaller cost both financially and on environment.

PFC actions

People who joined a PFC action

Number of cities we work in

What we’re doing to help…

Education & Training

We conduct workshops and training for schools, hotels, restaurants, NGOs and private companies on waste management, climate change, environmental health and ecosystems. The sessions are great for encouraging team work and problem solving.

Awareness & Action

We are actively involved in a host of important initiatives and events in communities across Cambodia. We also run our own community awareness programs and campaigns such as Plastic Free July that aims to reduce plastic waste by businesses and individuals.

Consultancy & Advice

Want some help to reduce plastic at your workplace? We can help you find solutions that reduce plastic usage and improve the way your business manages its waste. Want reusable or biodegradable alternatives to plastic? We can help to connect you to suitable suppliers or manage your order for you.

Want to go Plastic Free?

Jump in, we’re here to help! Contact us for advice and support to go plastic free!

Contact us!

Soorsdey Kampot!

Faced with concerns about single-use plastic in her guesthouse in Kampot, Fie began to look for solutions. She first contacted PFC to source metal straws to use for their drinks and for visitors to buy. Fie previously worked in the service industry in her native...
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Kheng’s story

Kheng grew up around 70kms, north of Siem Reap, for his high school he had to move to Siem Reap, where he later went to university to study English literature. His professional career has begun in hospitality learning about customer service and restaurant manager and...
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Safe drinking water in Cambodia

A common fear amongst travelers to Cambodia is safe drinking water. Here’s a guide to where you can get drinkable water without using 4.6 million plastic bottles. In Siem Reap, it’s estimated that 4.6 million water bottles are generated by the tourism industry alone....
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Our Campaigns!

Two participants of the PFJ Challenge in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Plastic Free July Challenge

Join up!
Give up plastic for one month! It’s easy!
Rule 1 Follow the 5 R’s: Respect, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Rule 2 Keep your plastic waste in a separate bin and count what you use week after week!
Rule 3 Share your stories on our PFC Facebook page!

Why Plastic Free July?
It began Australia in 2011 and in Cambodia in 2015! In 2017, over 1,000,000 people from 159 countries joined the challenge!
Organize a plastic free challenge at home, school, work… Challenge your friends, colleagues, family, neighbours… Let’s do this together!

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ChubMet Music Festival 2017

Exciting new campaigns coming soon!

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