Zero-waste: The women in Asia who gave up plastic

Zero-waste: The women in Asia who gave up plastic

China, Indonesia and Vietnam are amoung the worst ocean plastic polluters in the world, according to a 2015 Ocean Conservancy report.

But it’s not just their own waste they are swamped with. At its height in January 2017, the UK was exporting 28,000 tonnes of waste to China in just one month alone. Following China’s import ban, this fell to close to zero, leaving the UK scrambling for a new destination for its waste.

As images of plastic-choked rivers in Indonesia and dead whales washed onto the shores of the Philippines circulate on social media, individuals in Asia have begun practising a zero-waste lifestyle.

Amongst them are three inspiring women championing zero-waste in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. They spoke to the BBC about their quick tips on how to reduce our impact on the planet.

Produced by Lara Owen

Edited by Kevin Kim

Filmed by Yitsing Wang, Hau Dinh, Anindita Pradana and Lesthia Kertopati

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