Plastics is in the world's oceans are a real thing. But how many of you have heard a rebuttal from people in Europe or North America noting that the problem is coming from Asia, not their territories, so why aren't we focusing cleanup efforts there rather than banning straws?
Who says Asian countries aren't trying?
Consider Steve Toloken's story this week about the work from Malaysia (No. 8 in the Top 20 most polluting nations) where recycling company Heng Hiap Industries Sdn. Bhd. is collecting waste specifically from waterways and coastal communities in its home country, and turning it into chairs injection molded by Kian Group. The Louvre Chairs, based on work by a Dutch designer, found "overwhelming" interest from corporate, hotel and restaurant furniture buyers.