Cambodia is seeking to double its amount of tourists from 6 millions in 2018 to 12 millions in 2025, which will lead to a significant increase in plastic waste.
From single-use toiletries, plastic water bottles, straws, Styrofoam boxes, or plastic bags and packaging, the tourism industry, and in particular hotels, is a major contributor to plastic waste.
According to the UNEP Environmental Report 2011, “in a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario, tourism would generate through 2050 an increase of 251% in solid waste disposal”.
However, with this increase in waste comes significant environmental and social impacts on the Khmer population, its environment and the tourism industry. This is why we are calling hotels to pledge to reduce their plastic waste by 2021 and say #noplasticinmyhotel.