PDP Thailand Project
By Gregers Moller- Published on September 16, 2021 by ScandAsia
Thai Plastic Footprint Reduction Project identifies changes for reducing marine plastic pollution
The Solid Waste Management Association of Thailand (SWAT) organized an online Roundtable Workshop for their Plastic Footprint Reduction Project on 9 September 2021 in collaboration with SEA circular, an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) funded by the government of Sweden.
The goal of this project is to reduce plastics at source via partnerships with the private, public, and education sectors. This project focuses on the root causes of problems as more than 80% of marine plastic pollution comes from land-based activities, with the majority coming from Asia, including Thailand.
Five important sectors are involved with this project: plastics & packaging, food & beverage, hotel & hospitality, municipality, and education. The organizations include SAPPE Public Company Limited, S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited, Doi Kham Food Products Co. Ltd., Cosmos Brewery (Thailand) Co. Ltd., TPBI Public Company Limited, Sitex Industry Corporation Co. Ltd., The Sukosol Hotel, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Wieng Theong Municipality, Mae Fah Luang University, Mater Dei School and Wat Soi Thong School.
Implementation of this project involved plastic footprint measurement training for members of the partner organizations and each partner organization conducting a survey of their plastic footprint to identify baseline plastic footprints and areas for action. This was then followed by consultations to discuss possible solutions and shared learnings. The Plastic Footprint training and advice was provided by Mr. Doug Woodring, Founder and Managing Director of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, an environmental organization based in the US and Hong Kong who shared with us at this event the importance of measuring and understanding our plastic footprints.
Ocean Recovery Alliance, an environmental organisation based in the US and Hong Kong, is providing support and training in the methodology for measuring plastic footprints based on the world's first plastic footprinting methodology, the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP).