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Plastic is a packaging that is still widely used in various sectors. The reasons are that plastic is low-cost and convenient. But if we look at the problems posed by plastic waste, are those reasons worthed? Plastic is very cheap and easy to use, but solving the problems that arise from plastic waste is neither cheap nor easy.
Breaking The Plastic Wave report is a comprehensive assessment of pathways towards stopping ocean plastic pollution. Who should read this report?
- All business owners, from corporate companies to small-medium enterprises, if you use packaging for your products. You have the right and the responsibility to choose the right packaging for your products.
- All people, who consciously understand that we can do something to stop ocean plastic pollution. Be optimistic that our contribution will create ripple effects to stop plastic waste coming to the ocean, and then to our meal and drink.
The problem of ocean plastic pollution does not only affect the environment and health, but also business and socio-economic sectors. One of the sectors that are directly affected by plastic pollution is the business sector, especially those that rely on a clean ocean. The examples are fisheries and tourism businesses. In the fisheries business, plastic waste can increase the risk of damage to ships and can even reduce fish catches. The reduced number of fish means that the reduction of food availability for the human population, which has an impact on food security. Whereas in the tourism business, plastic waste has the potential to increase operational costs to clean the beach from rubbish and also reduce the number of tourists. This is very crucial because the tourism sector is the largest source of foreign exchange for the country, especially in Indonesia.
The effect of ocean plastic pollution on the business and socio-economic sectors is in contact with each other. In the business sector, none of the tourists enjoys beaches piled with plastic waste. This directly impacts coastal communities, such as the restaurant can’t earn enough income to hire employees and buy seafood and other foodstuffs so that the income of coastal communities also decreases.
We, Biopac do our best to empower Indonesian coastal communities by sourcing our raw materials from local seaweed farmers cooperative. Hence, we could improve the livelihood of coastal communities.
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