Kampot Cafe’s Saying No to Styrofoam

Written by on Tue 1st May 2018

We recently reached out to local businesses to see who is using eco friendly alternatives to the most evil of the main pollutants, the Styrofoam (polystyrene) box.

The following businesses get a big green Kampot Radio thumbs up for doing their bit for the environment! We will be going into further detail of businesses and organisations employing environmentally friendly practices soon for the forthcoming Plastic Free July campaign

Not sure where any of those listed are? Check out the map below.

• Baraca • Bokor Mountain Lodge • Burger Shack • Champa Lodge • Dandelion Treats • Deva Cafe • Eco Vegetarian • Ecran Noodles • Eden Eco Village • Epic Arts Cafe • Fish Market • Garden Cafe (Cafe Malay) • GreenHouse • Hurricane Brewski • Kampot Arts and Music Association • Karma Traders • The Magic Sponge • Monkey Republic • OM Kampot • Pepe & The Viking • Rikitikitavi • Simple Things • Stumble Inn • Tertulia •

Saying no to single use plastics is an issue more and more people are becoming concerned about within the Kingdom. Styrofoam boxes, plastic straws, bags, bottles and cups being the main pollutants.

Styrofoam appears to last forever, as it is resistant to photolysis, or the breaking down of materials by protons originating from a light source. This, combined with the fact that Styrofoam is lightweight and therefore floats, means that over time a great deal of polystyrene has accumulated along coasts and waterways around the world. It is now considered the main component of marine debris. (source)

New images of from Sihanouk depict in horrifying detail the extent of Cambodia’s growing problem of plastic pollution and how the tide of unbiodegradable rubbish has become part of the fabric of the lives of communities. (source)

Last month saw the introduction of a new law in Cambodia that means shopping malls and chain supermarkets have to charge 400 riel for single use plastic bags, with plans to extend to smaller retailers in the future.

If you have a business in Kampot that uses an eco-friendly alternative to the Styrofoam box, or are aware that any of the listed businesses have resorted back to using Styrofoam then please let us know. We will keep this list up to date based on the feedback received.

In partnership with our friends at Coastal Cambodia, Plastic Free Cambodia and Go Green Cambodia





Reader's opinions
  1. Gilles   On   Tue 15th May 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I think it would have been great to mention who is at the origin of that change in kampot. I mean, i’ve heard about EcoSense Cambodia campany, they’ve approched all restaurants in Kampot since 2015 to try to engage the transition from styrofoam to biodegradable package towards the cafe and restaurant owners.

    For more infos, they have a website : http://www.ecosense-cambodia.com and a Facebook page : ecosense cambodia

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