Kampot Cafes Saying No to Styrofoam

Written by on Mon 1st July 2019

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!

Not sure where any of those listed are? Check out the map below. If you know of a place that should or shouldn’t be on the list, please let us know!

List updated 14 July 2019

• Aroma¹ • Baraca • Bokor Mountain Lodge • Burger Shack •
• cHello Vegi • Dandelion Treats • Deva Cafe • Eco Vegetarian •
• Ecran Noodles² • Eden Eco Village • Epic Arts Cafe • Fish Market •
Garden Cafe • Green House • Hurricane Brewski •
• Kampot Arts & Music Association • Karma Traders •
• The Magic Sponge • Monkey Republic • Pilgrim • Rikitikitavi •
• Simple Things • Tertulia • Uguisu Sabou •

¹ Discounts for those who bring their own containers but still uses styrofoam
² Steamed dumplings come in styrofoam

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)

Images 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)

April 2018 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 SEA and Go Green Cambodia

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