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Plastic awareness month kicked off in HCMC

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Rethink Plastic Vietnam, in collaboration with the Consul General of the Netherlands in HCMC, officially launched the Plastic Awareness Month 2023 program in HCMC on September 7.

The event was attended by Eline van der Veen, deputy consul general of the Netherlands in HCMC, and Ngo Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, vice head of the HCMC Environment Protection Agency.

Plastic Awareness Month 2023 is expected to bolster awareness and encourage individuals, organizations, and relevant agencies to take tangible steps toward reducing plastic pollution.

This month-long event’s objective includes showcasing innovative concepts, product solutions, policy advancements, and practical shifts that collectively contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Karen Smit, co-founder of Rethink Plastic Vietnam, said that innovation within the plastic sector can drive economic growth and competitiveness. She added that developing alternative materials can offer management solutions, create new business opportunities, generate employment, and attract investors.

As part of the program, Clean Up Events are scheduled to take place from September 16 to 17 in 10 cities and towns across Vietnam, including Hanoi, HCMC, Phu Quoc and Sapa.

These events align with the global World Cleanup Day movement. Organizations and individuals interested in participating in this program can contact Rethink Plastic Vietnam via its official website, www.rethinkplasticvietnam.com.

Plastic pollution represents a global crisis that necessitates collaborative efforts from all sectors of society. Rethink Plastic Vietnam is a community-driven organization dedicated to raising awareness and connecting relevant stakeholders regarding this pressing issue.

The organization seeks to combat the pervasive problem of plastic pollution, which profoundly impacts the country’s rivers and coastlines, underscoring the urgency and importance of collective action in addressing this challenge.

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