A plastic date: EPPIC 2020 Finalists and Vietnamese Provinces Representative
Last Friday afternoon (26 March 2021), we organised a special “Plastic Date” in Ho Chi Minh City. This was a networking event, aiming to connect seven of the 14 EPPIC 2020 Finalists and representatives from seven cities and provinces. These EPPIC teams were mGreen, GreenPoints, Refill Day, Galaxy Biotech, Green Joy, Seven Clean Seas and Vietnam Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning (VIFEP). The seven cities/provinces joining were Binh Duong, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Da Nang, Thua Thien – Hue, Phu Yen and Quang Ninh. These cities/provinces are currently taking part in UNDP-supported projects for better waste management.
The cities/provinces expressed their concerns and urgent needs to tackle the plastic pollution issues faced for a long time. Most mentioned the lack of cheap, durable alternative materials to plastic, inefficient waste management and the need to raise public’s awareness on the matter. For Quang Ninh, it is also important for them to find a solution to store fisheries products. Phu Yen put their focus on stay-at-home housewives and was targeting at providing them with reusable bags or baskets for their everyday shopping need.
Based on what the cities/provinces has shared, the seven EPPIC teams also presented their solutions accommodating these needs. Afterwards, we organised a ‘speed date’ section, where representatives from each city/province met up with one team, through which they got to know the solutions better and discuss opportunities to integrate these innovation into these cities/provinces.
Let’s look forward to amazing collobaration to combat plastic pollution in Viet Nam!
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