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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Comparative analysis of microplastics in south east asia

Addressing Microplastics Pollution in Southeast Asia 




Microplastics pose a significant environmental threat in Southeast Asia, demanding urgent attention. According to a study by the Ocean Conservancy, the region contributes to 60% of the world's plastic pollution, with an estimated 4.8 million metric tons of plastic waste entering the oceans annually.Breaking it down by countries:



Indonesia:


A major contributor, releasing over 1.3 million metric tons yearly [source - WWF].



Vietnam:


Contributes significantly with approximately 730,000 metric tons [source - Journal of Hazardous Materials].



Thailand:


Releases around 370,000 metric tons annually [source - Our World in Data].



Philippines:


Adds approximately 350,000 metric tons to the issue [source - Ocean Conservancy].



Malaysia:


Contributes around 270,000 metric tons [source - The Nature Conservancy].



It's crucial for stakeholders, governments, and industries to collaborate in implementing sustainable solutions to curb this environmental crisis. Let's join forces to protect our oceans and preserve the beauty of Southeast Asia.


 



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