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Playing our part to beat plastic pollution

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Phi Phi Islands — an astonishing tropical spot in Thailand — is one of the most popular destinations for millions of tourists and sailing enthusiasts. Surrounded by white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water, this archipelago was one of my favorite routes for sailing 20 years ago.

During my visit earlier this year, I was shocked to see the environmental damage caused by tons of bags, plastic bottles, lighters, and needles simply dumped into the sea.

Maya Bay, part of Phi Phi Islands and famous for “The Beach” movie, together with Boracay Island, the jewel of the Philippines, have been forced to close to visitors until the end of the year to recover from environmental damage.

Each year more than 8 million tons of plastics are dumped into our oceans, and this global crisis is seen by some experts to be as serious as climate change.

Today, a million plastic bottles are consumed in a minute and 91 percent of this waste is not recycled.

Almost 40 percent of plastic produced is packaging, used........

© Hürriyet Daily News