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.
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).