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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What we do…

Education & Training

Do you want to manage your waste better? Our key focus is on reducing plastic consumption. Workshops and training help your school, hotel, restaurant, NGO or company reduce consumption and manage waste and understand about climate change, environmental health and ecosystems. The sessions are great for encouraging team work and problem solving. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

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.
  • Plastic pollution is a major contributor to climate change.
    In Cambodia the affects of climate change are felt intensely. Plastic is a significant part of the problem we can see and address in our daily lives.

How PFC began

In 2014, founder Sarah Rhodes moved to Cambodia from Australia. Having recently joined the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, and getting accustomed to living in Siem Reap, it wasn’t long before Sarah realised that plastic was the area to start action on. Leveraging the Plastic Free July campaign (started in Australia in 2011), the first PFJ Cambodia challenge took place in 2015 in Siem Reap.
Since then and with a huge number of supporters and collaborators along the way, Plastic Free Cambodia is making a real impact. Awareness of the issue is increasing, people’s attitudes are slowly beginning to change. The task ahead is huge but one that we can face together.
The full story is available on our blog and if you want to fight plastic wherever you are, we’re happy to help, just contact us.

PFC actions

People who joined a PFC action

Number of cities we've worked in

Want to go Plastic Free?

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

Simple DIY toothpaste recipe

Baking soda/bicarbonate soda, coconut oil, peppermint essential oils and bamboo toothbrushes are all you need for a good dental routine. This is with spirulina powder for calcium, it's green in colour and has an interesting flavour - which you can mask with peppermint...

How to help while you visit Siem Reap…

We recently collaborated with Two Can Travel to write a post for travellers to Siem Reap. It's full of useful tips on what to pack, how to avoid single-use plastic and which restaurants and cafes to support.   You can have a read here on the Two Can Travel website.  ...

Plastic Free in Southern Laos by Sarah Rhodes

“Charming by Nature” is possibly the most apt tagline for a place, well, this place. I arrived in Pakse, Southern Laos on the 18th of July to commence a project with the Swisscontact team based in Pakse, to promote refillable water bottles and less plastic pollution...

Get involved!

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!

Two participants of the PFJ Challenge in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

PFC Green Label

PFC is working on an eco-label, specifically for cutting out single-use plastics that will reward the businesses that are reducing their disposable plastic use. PFC consultants will help your businesses to reduce all the plastic packaging coming from your suppliers, the market, staff etc.
Be recognised for the great work you do in reducing plastics in your place of work, or get help to implement those changes you’ve been meaning to make. Create a healthy workplace and be proud of it. Especially for restaurants and hotels, appealing for tourists and beneficial for all of your customers and your staff too!
Be part of a green, clean, waste-free future!

ChubMet Music Festival 2017

Ambassador program coming soon!

Want to do something in your community, but need some help to get started? We’ve got some great guides and ideas in the pipeline and coming your way! Stay tuned and be ready to fight plastic wherever you are!