How did we become so dependent and now we are drowning in plastic? According to one study published in Science, Malaysia is the eighth worst country worldwide for plastic waste. It is estimated to produce almost one million tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste (waste not recycled or properly disposed of) in 2010.

 

Battling Plastic with Bamboo Straws

The Need

How did we become so dependent and now we are drowning in plastic? According to one study published in Science, Malaysia is the eighth worst country worldwide for plastic waste. It is estimated to produce almost one million tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste (waste not recycled or properly disposed of) in 2010.

Our Involvement

Save the Earth in every sip

BEST Society amplify its efforts for the environmental damage human have caused by promoting 100% natural bamboo straws as an alternative to plastic straws. At the moment, the producers are a small group of local folks in Ulu Kiulu- each step of our production process from harvesting raw materials into finished products relies on expert local knowledge. This not only have a positive environmental impact but also a positive social impact. We are proud that throughout this process families and communities are empowered.

RefillMyBottle

We are also proud to be the ambassador of RefillMyBottle (RMB) for Sabah region as part of a bigger sustainability community to address plastic waste problems. RMB is an online map that identifies all the places where refillers could walk in and fill up their bottle with clean drinkable water for free or a minimum fee.

The Impact

We have sold 8,670 bamboo straws as a way to reduce plastic waste and generated a side income worth RM 21,675 for the local community since October 2018 to December 2019. Alongside, we have created a network of RefillStations for anyone to refill their bottles as an alternative to buying water in plastic bottles. Eleven organisations joined in as RefillStations under the RMB initiative.

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Sukau Ecotourism Research Centre (SERC)

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