Sri Lanka fights ‘plastic catastrophe’ that is polluting the world’s oceans and endangering their marine life


Sri Lanka is in the vanguard of efforts to control the ‘plastics catastrophe’ that is polluting the world’s oceans and damaging our growing tourism economy.

Last year our Indian Ocean island paradise banned plastic bags and other disposable plastic consumer products after the collapse of the country’s biggest garbage dump.

That was on top of fears that plastic bottles, straws and bags are damaging tourism, a mainstay of the economy, by polluting our otherwise pristine beaches.


The Sri Lankan Daily Mirror is now highlighting the problem, stressing that “we need to become aware of the catastrophic effects of plastic and the throw-away culture whereby we just discard plastic cups and straws, bottles, bags and other items”.  

It cites an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report quoting an environmental lawyer as saying he estimated that more than eight million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year.

A ‘ban plastic’ campaign’s primary target is plastic straws. The Mirror cites Britain, where “they are trying to fight pollution on an enormous scale. The Marine Conservation Society estimates that 8.5 billion single-use plastic straws are thrown away every year in Britain alone”.


Says the Mirror: “Sri Lankans also should take a lesson from this and become eco-friendly citizens instead of just doing what they want, without discipline and responsibility.

“The government also should educate the people on these measures and its leaders, along with religious and other leaders also should set an example to the people by not indulging in the plastic throw-away culture.

“According to CNN, research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world’s oceans by 2050 and straws are a major factor because the vast majority is not recycled.”

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