Waste is an economic as well as environmental problem in the South Pacific.
Republic of the Marshall Islands are a leading example in the global effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste and carbon emissions with their Styrofoam and Plastic Products Act 2016.
The Bill prohibits the importation, manufacturing, sale and distribution of Styrofoam cups and plates, disposable plastic cups and plates and plastic shopping bags to prevent the threat on marine habitat and overall detrimental effects on the natural environment.
Tourists in all regions can help keep the South Pacific’s white-sand beaches clean and marine ecosystems healthy by being an environmentally aware traveller and monitoring consumption patterns.
Create as little waste as possible by not producing it to begin with – implement green acquisition, do not over order, and select products with little or no packaging.