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Malaysian School Bans Polystyrene and Straws

Malaysian School bans Polystyrene and Plastic Straws.

Institut Sinaran pledged to phase out plastic straws and polystyrene food packaging from its cafeteria in honor of the 2018 “Beat Plastic Polution” World Environment Day.

Institut Sinaran is an institute of higher education located in Malaysia. Institut Sinaran CEO Yong Pik Hua said plastic products were low cost and vast in its range but were detrimental towards the health of living beings and the environment.

Yong Pik Hua, CEO at the Institut Sinaran said:

91% of the world plastic waste are not recycled and takes 500 to 1,000 years to degrade. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recognized vinyl chloride, the precursor to PVC, as human carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue). The danger of plastic pollution should be incorporated in our school curriculum so that we can fight the plastic pollution more effectively. We at Institut Sinaran are also joining this fight. Today, I am delighted to announce that the institute’s cafeteria will eventually phase out the usage of plastic straws and the use polystyrene food packaging.”

CLOSING REMARKS

  • This is not breaking news but a good example how there’s a worldwide grass root movement against plastics and polystyrene.
  • The future of polystyrene doesn’t look good.

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