We have a long way to go before our push to end plastic pollution has a meaningful impact of achieving a global agreement to combat plastic pollution by the Malaysian and international governments.
Illegal, un-recyclable imported plastic waste flooded our shores in 2018 – drowning out the voices and health of communities affected by it, as well as the health of our environment.
Our investigations found the toxic aftereffects of the imported plastic waste trade are here to stay.
These are a few possible health effects from among the many substances left behind by the imported plastic waste trade:
- Lead: With long-term exposure, can cause damage to the brain and the nervous system
- Cadmium: Can cause damage to the kidneys, lungs, and bones
Unnecessary single-use plastic chokes not only our environment and wildlife – the carbon footprint from plastic production, consumption and unethical disposal affects our future as well.