Sri Lanka banned single-use plastic products from 1 January 2018, step up separation and recycling of waste but still Colombo Ranked 5th plastic polluter in the world. According to Researchers, Sri Lanka had produced 141 million plastic products, Despite the efforts of recycling, only 2% of them are being effectively recycled. A plastic bottle would take almost 1000 years to decompose while plastic straws could remain in the environment for almost 700 years. A tiny lollipop stick does not decompose for nearly 400 years while a plastic bag takes 450 years. Most of these plastics end up in ocean which is a major issue in Srilanka .This issue is a cause for concern for the island nation, as a significant population is dependent on the Tourism industry.
Plastic pollution impact on marine life, marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds are the most vulnerable species to single use plastic pollution. All the oceans are affected, citing the example of the mount Lavinia, Wellawaththe, Galle, Arugam bay, Negombo, is highly main beaches in Sri Lanka effect from plastic pollution. We, Ama Travels, as a business organisation that promotes eco-tourism have been working with different organisations to reduce the use of plastics in Sri Lanka since 2017. There are some positive signs of improvement, however, the issue needs more strategic approach to reach sustainable solutions. Even though there’s the call to ban harmful plastics, certain people and organizations are still reluctant to support the initiative merely to get personal benefits. MOTHER EARTH REQUISITE A BREAK FROM PLASTIC.
All countries surrounding the Indian Ocean have identified the need for locally relevant marine litter monitoring tools in order to understand the generation and distribution of plastic waste. Some countries have expressed a desire for National action plans for handling nano, micro and macro plastic. This will address the need for locally relevant protocols to monitor litter (in the waste stream, on land, in freshwater, on shorelines and at sea) by category including: size, use and, where feasible, source. The objective is to develop robust, locality-specific, rapid monitoring approaches capable of detecting subtle changes in waste management practices and behavior. The use of GIS( say what this stands for) has also been identified as a need in all countries. Paper straws are a smart alternative to plastic, and they do not harm the environment
As a Travel company who promote Environment friendly Tourism in Sri Lanka, Our vision is to keep plastic away from what we do as an organisation. We do that with passion and endeavor to keep the environment green. We currently encourage entrepreneurs who produced different products from single used plastics, take part in beach cleaning and knowledge sharing activities. We firmly believe that this is an issue that everyone takes very seriously and act promptly but the majority of the country has very little knowledge about the issue. Therefore, we urge everyone to be vigilant and support the initiative.