Philippines plastic crisis – level 2

30-06-2022 07:00

Southeast Asia is going through a plastic crisis. Many people live on very low wages, and they can’t afford big packages of everyday products. Instead, they buy small bags, which seem cheap, but they cost much more than big bags or bottles.

In the Philippines, people buy small portions of almost everything from detergents to coffee. A study says that people there throw away 163 million small bags every day. These bags have plastic and aluminum parts, so people cannot recycle them. They go into rivers and the sea.

Some people try to change the situation, but their work is difficult to change the laws. Big companies promised that they would solve the problem with small plastic bags, but the situation is changing very slowly.

Difficult words: wages (money to pay a person for his work), detergent (a cleaner for clothes, dishes, and other things), aluminum (a light, silver metal).

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