Malaysia looks to LCA to tackle Convid-19 driven spike in plastic use

The abundant use of plastic packaging for delivery services must be looked into, especially with the spike in online delivery services during the Covid 19 – driven movement control order, say environmental activists.

Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia president Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said online delivery services had grown rapidly, increasing the demand for plastic.

“Getting meals has become more convenient as it is literally at your fingertips. However, it involves a lot of single-use plastic packaging, which of course is damaging to the environment as most end up in rivers and oceans. As companies that profit from such activities, they have a responsibility to ensure that their activities are sustainable and do not harm the environment, ” she said.

Global Environment Centre river care programme manager Dr K. Kalithasan said there were many alternative material available for packaging. “The ideal solution is for e-commerce companies to adopt sustainable or life cycle assessment (LCA) packaging and educate their customers and vendors on minimising plastic packaging, ” he said.

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