The Story of Plastic Free Cambodia
How did it all begin…?
In June 2014, Sarah Rhodes, an Australia, attended an intensive training program on climate leadership, facilitated by Al Gore, former US Vice President and became part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. More inspired than ever and as part of her commitment to the program, Sarah set about engaging more people to take action against climate change.
In July a friend invited her to join a month long challenge called Plastic Free July – the quest to avoid all single-use plastics for a whole month. This was a huge eye-opener to how much of the main plastics we all use and especially where there is plastic that is less obvious.
In October of the same year, she moved to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where impacts of climate change are already felt – the time for action is now!
It began with running a local campaign for Plastic Free July, which was announced at an Earth Day event hosted by the Shinta Mani hotel and its enthusiastic GM Christian de Boer.
The opening event, a couple of months later, on July 1, was a huge success with close to 100 people joining and signing up. It was covered in the Phnom Penh Post and this caught the attention of local training restaurant Haven.
Through the relationships and networks PFC now offers consulting services for businesses who want to be environmentally conscious and minimise their footprint. Stemming from reduced plastics and encompassing other practices such as composting, eco-friendly insect removal and energy and water saving techniques.
The education program is well established and still a major part of what PFC has to offer. And sourcing alternatives to plastic is something PFC do to assist their partners and clients in taking the step to plastic-free without any hassle. Being involved in the community is of high importance for PFC, we want to help people understand and help them solve problems relating to waste.
We can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring… we hope you’ll come on this journey with us!