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Online petition raised to ban polystyrene in Hong Kong

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A group of yoga instructors has launched an online petition in the hope of banning polystyrene in Hong Kong.

Clayton Horton, along with fellow instructors at Pure Yoga Wendy Wyvill and Lina Zapata, believe that action must be taken in order to address Hong Kong’s plastic waste epidemic.

“We were aghast and disgusted with plastic pollution while out in the water one weekend last summer. We said to ourselves that we’ve got to do something about the plastic pollution. Part of our commitment to living and teaching yoga is speaking up for what is right and having respect and reverence for nature.”

Their goal is very similar to that of DBers Jonny Haines and Tim Tait, who are set to tackle a round-Lantau challenge next month by paddling the full 75-kilometre distance around Lantau, raising awareness and money for local charity Plastic Free Seas.

Speaking to Around DB and Life on Lantau, Clayton said, “Jonny Haines and Tim Tait are a perfect example of how water enthusiasts see first hand the unacceptable plastic situation that we have in Hong Kong.

“With our petition, we are reaching out to all concerned citizens and water enthusiast groups to create an audible voice that sends a very clear message to the Hong Kong government that the city’s styrofoam pollution is way out of control and governmental action must be taken.

“Our petition is asking for a complete ban on styrofoam (expanded polystyrene). We need new ways of packaging that have an appropriate ecological footprint. Most merchants have no idea of the environmental local impact of their styrofoam packaging. It is our vision that very soon the Hong Kong government will address this serious pollution issue and Hong Kong will be a shining example for other Asian nations to follow.”

Clayton, Wendy and Lina are hoping to gather as many signatures as possible in order to make an impact with the petition. To show your support and sign the petition, visit http://supporthk.org/en/petition/ban-expanded-polystyrene-styrofoam-hong-kong.

Image: David Gilford, Flickr

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