Plastics waste is a crisis that is choking our planet by polluting the air, water, and soil that are crucial to the survival of people and wildlife. As the crisis spreads to every corner of the globe, the need to address it becomes more urgent than ever before. While plastics can help make our hospitals safer, our food lasts longer, and our packages easier to ship, it really has no relevant place in nature.
While the ban on plastics and the use of biodegradable plastics and bioplastics are often seen as obvious solutions, the question arises as to the feasibility of such solutions to effectively tackle the plastic crisis at hand.
This one-hour session provides insights into the global plastic crisis, challenges in plastic waste management, and the implications of plastic pollution on nature, society, and the economy. The talk will also touch on the viability of existing programs such as the plastics ban and usage of biodegradables and bioplastics.
The session will also include introductions to the Circular Economy model and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes, as potential solutions to tackle plastic pollution.
By the end of this session, participants/audiences are expected to gain a clearer understanding of the global plastic crisis and the solutions and initiatives that are readily available.
Tahirah Mohamed, Interim Plastics Initiative Manager, WWF-Malaysia
Tahirah is presently leading WWF’s plastics initiative engagements for the Malaysian Plastic Pact (MPP), a multi-stakeholder platform for public and private stakeholders in the plastics value chain, aimed at fostering actions and goals to shape a circular plastic economy; the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme and the regional Plastics ACTion Platform (PACT) for Malaysia. Tahirah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable Development Management.