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.
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.
Plastic Free July Challenge
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!
Exciting new campaigns coming soon!
We’re working on some really interesting projects which we hope to announce very soon. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you’re the first to know. Want to invest in new campaigns with us? Head to our donation page or contact us for more details.
How does your donation help?
- When you give $10, you offer a reusable bottle to a student.
- When you give $20, you offer a pack of reusable items to a student (one reusable bag, one reusable bottle, one food container).
- When you give $75, you contribute towards a 2 hours workshop to a public school (target = 100 students).
- When you give $100, you contribute towards a day of courses to a public school (target = 100 students).