Written by Kosoma Kim | Edited by Abigail Perriman

Developed countries like the US and Sweden cannot save the world alone. Cambodia, as a developing country, must play its part too. It is the shared responsibility of everyone to go green so that our future generations can see and enjoy life.

Let’s take a closer look at Cambodia! One Cambodian uses 2000 pieces of plastic in the average year, which is 10 times higher than the average use of plastic in Europe and China. Every day and in the capital alone, Phnom Penh produces 1200 tons of waste, while 10 million plastic items are being used. By 2030, the amount of waste produced is expected to increase to 3000 tons per day.

The lack of awareness among Cambodians of the importance of packaging, the limited waste disposal methods, habits like throwing trash outside the bin and in public areas, gives Cambodia the complicated challenge of dealing with waste issues.

What can the government do? The Cambodia government has an important role to play, but it doesn’t have to deal with it alone. Change can also start from the Cambodian people. That’s what inspired a group of young Cambodian students to join the Youth Eco Labs program with the expectation to bring their innovative environmental social business into reality and to start to create change in the daily lifestyle of Cambodians towards sustainability. These young entrepreneurs were not only looking at tackling over-consumption of plastic and inefficient waste management, but also renewable energy and modern agriculture as ways to build sustainability.

Check out their innovative ideas below:

Smart Bin Cambodia

Smart Bin Cambodia

a new technology waste-sorting-bin designed to encourage Cambodian people to love their environment and support recycling.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

Cambo Bio Green

Cambo Bio Green

a biodegradable packaging made from Cassava, supporting the Cassava industry in Cambodia whilst replacing the use of plastic.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

Srok Srae Home Garden

Srok Srae Home Garden

an online platform promoting vegetable home gardening regardless of how small your space; everyone can now have their own vegetable garden.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

 

Solar Micro Grid

Solar Micro Grid

an electricity supply system generated from solar for distributing to isolated villages in Cambodia.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

 

Petals

Petals

is recycling and turning flower waste into gifts and home decoration items.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

 

Sonya Cafe

Sonya Cafe

a zero-waste mobile cafe that not only cares about the taste of your coffee but also the environment around you.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

Bamboo

KHM Bamboo

a Cambodian style drinking glass designed to be useful, unique and attractive; with the purpose to reduce plastic consumption at festivals and events.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

Or check out all the video in one playlist on youtube here.

What is Youth Eco Labs?

Youth Eco Labs is an environmental social business validation program organized by Impact Hub Phnom Penh and funded by U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, aiming to tackle environmental issues in Cambodia through entrepreneurship and innovation. Youth Eco Labs consists of 10 masterclasses, a field trip to Preylang Forest, mentoring, coaching circles and a demo day.

During the 10 intensive weeks, the team worked on validating their business ideas, building a business model, prototyping, and getting ready for the pitch at the Demo day – the chance to present their ideas to the public, raise their profile and receive feedback and advice. During the program, the teams have also awarded the trip to Prey Lang (one of Cambodia’s most significant unprotected landscapes) to experience environmental and living challenges, further research their idea and test their innovation with potential users. Read more about Youth Eco Labs here.

Congratulations to Smart Bin Cambodia and Solar Micro Grid for receiving an honour award to speak at “Live Chat” Facebook Live of U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, which will give the teams even greater visibility to the public. Learn more about the team and ask them any questions!

Smart Bin Cambodia 9 Aug at 2:30pm-3:00pm | Solar Micro Grid 23 Aug at 2:30pm-3:00pm | Facebook “Live Chat” of U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh

 

 

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