The final straw: How Singapore can curb plastic pollution

In March, foodcourt operator Koufu launched a no-plastic straw initiative at its Singapore Management University outlet and attempted to set a national record of having the most number of people drinking with bamboo straws at the same time. A survey
In March, foodcourt operator Koufu launched a no-plastic straw initiative at its Singapore Management University outlet and attempted to set a national record of having the most number of people drinking with bamboo straws at the same time. A survey of Singaporeans found that the main reason many people use plastic straws is that they come with drinks, rather than by an active choice, suggesting a significant opportunity to reduce their use, says the writer.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The development of plastics has led to a revolution in packaging and consumer goods, and enhanced convenience for billions of people.

Yet, an estimated 8 million metric tonnes of plastic leaks out into our oceans annually, causing major environmental, economic and social costs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'The final straw: How S'pore can curb plastic pollution'. Subscribe