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Finding the wise way to reduce plastic waste both for consumers and producers

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 21, 2019   /  03:53 pm
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In this undated file photo, people living near Matahari Terbit Beach in Sanur, Bali, work together to clear trash, mainly plastic bottles and food packaging, from the beach.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

It may not be difficult for many people to stop using plastic straws in a restaurant or to bring a tote bag when going shopping, but getting rid of plastic packaging such as that used for cosmetics products may present more of a challenge. It could be in the form of shampoo sachets, detergent bottles, plastic packaging for sliced bread, or the plastic wrap used for new books. Many people just throw away such plastic packaging and it ends up in landfills or, at worst, in the ocean. While plastic packaging still plays an important role in the manufacturing industry, there is a growing awareness from the government and certain business players to use more environmentally friendly packaging materials for their products. The Environment and Forestry Ministry, for example, is formulating a road map to encourage producers to use more environmentally friendly packaging materials that ca...