How to Go Plastic Free

1.Go Plastic Free!

We’d love you to join the Plastic Free July Challenge, and there are ways you and your team can go plastic free at any time of the year! Ask us how!

5 Plastic Enemies
5 Reusable Friends

2.Buy eco-friendly merchandise

When you buy products from Plastic Free Cambodia, you support our work and the planet! Products are available in Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh and Kampot.

Ethically made tshirts and totes! Made and printed in Siem Reap by local projects.
Stainless steel drink bottles – stainless steel is safer to drink from than plastic or aluminium, the only better option is glass! These bottles are designed for drinking water, don’t put boiling water inside because of the plastic elements.

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Where can you find these items?

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We have nice bags for sale, made by Husk. Contact us to buy. In Phnom Penh, you can buy them at Cloud, in Siem Reap at New Leaf Eatery and Siem Reap Food Co-op and in Battambang at Ganesha Family Guesthouse. You can also buy a reusable bag at any second hand shop or make your own with an old t-shirt!
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You can buy a reusable cup from some second hand shops. You can also use old glass jars as a reusable cup! In Siem Reap the $1.90 store next to ParkHyatt has good options and many of the supermarkets in Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh stock reusable cups and travel mugs. Check at your local coffee shop too.
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You can buy a reusable water bottle at a Lucky Supermarket in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, or in any local market (psar) in the country. The $1.90 store next to ParkHyatt in Siem Reap has many and in Battambang Heng Chhay Ly supermarket has a HUGE selection. You can also buy online with or support a Cambodian start-up: Chhlat! Also check out Refill Not Landfill for bottles of your own and water refill locations.
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You can buy a reusable container from any market, supermarket or homewares store in Cambodia! You can often buy second hand at yard sales or moving sales too.
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You can buy reusable bamboo straw at Mekong Quilts shops in Phnom Penh or in Siem Reap. In Phnom Penh, you can also find bamboo straws at Eleven One Kitchen restaurants (BKK and Russian Market). In Siem Reap, it is possible to buy metal straws from Footprint Cafe (advance notice for bulk orders). Country wide, bio straws are available from PIC-UPs.
Icon of a reusable take away coffee cup
You can find Keep Cups at Lot 369 Café and Bar in Phnom Penh or Sister Srey Café in Siem Reap. As for the reusable cups you can use a old glass jar as takeaway cups! Most supermarkets have travel mugs/coffee cups for sale and even some book stores.

3. Where can you recycle?

Plastic bottles, cans and cardboard

Separate your waste and sell or give your plastic waste, cans and cardboard to waste pickers.

Old newspapers and magazines

Donate your old newspapers and magazines to Friends ‘N’ stuff, they make jewelry and fun products with them!

Used office paper

Donate your used office paper to Krousar Thmey school of blind. The students use it to practice typing in brail! Contact Naga Earth about their paper recycling workshops.

Plastic bags

Separate your waste and give your used plastic bags to Funky Junk Recycled in Phnom Penh, they knit lots of cool stuff with them! If you’re in Siem Reap you can donate your used plastic bags to ReHash Trash, they also up-cycle our old plastic bags into new items!

Organic waste

You can start a compost at home! Start with a box, put in all the waste from your veggies and fruit, what we call the “green stuff”. Then, add other items, like compostable cardboard, rice husk or any other “brown stuff” like old flowers and dead leaves from trees and plants. You can find more details on how to do it here or here.


If you’re in Phnom Penh you can donate your wine bottles to Farm to Table.


The Anana computer store in Phnom Penh has a recycling bin for batteries!

Water Filters

Tired of carrying heavy 20L bottles of water? Easy to use water filters are available in lots of places for around $20. In Siem Reap go to the Preah Vihear Pharmacy (various locations), for the best price in Phnom Penh, Central Market or Russian Market.

4.Join Us

We’re always looking for eager and committed people or teams to join us in creating change across the country. The minimum volunteer period is 4 weeks, with a preferred minimum commitment of 3 months. Long term volunteers are also very welcome.

We have roles in administration, accounting, graphic design, event management, fundraising, sales, training, photography and videography and research.

You need to be:

  • 18+ years old
  • committed to adopting a plastic-free or zero-waste lifestyle
  • foreign volunteers: need to be flexible, adaptable and willing to work hard. Things operate in a different style and pace in Cambodia to many other countries. You will require a work permit to volunteer with us.

How to apply:

I decided to join Plastic Free July Cambodia because I could see the strong implications of plastic use in Cambodia and it is clear to me that there is a lack of awareness on plastic problems amongst my family, friends and fellow Cambodians. That is why I think that the workshops that PFJC do are very important because students are able to learn about negative impacts of single-use plastic. To be honest, I did not expect such a strong level of interest from the students. It’s amazing! I really like being a volunteer of Plastic Free July Cambodia. Hellene Sarin

Volunteer, PFJC Phnom Penh

Starting to work for Plastic Free Cambodia made me realise that we can do great things when we are all together. I am happy to be the project manager of the Phnom Penh team, happy that Sarah offered me this responsibility, delighted to work with our growing team. It’s an amazing and evolving project. We have new challenges everyday. I love it! Charlotte Muckensturm

Project Manager Phnom Penh, Plastic Free Cambodia


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).