Sri Lanka To Expand Plastics Industry
This week, in an effort to keep up with modern demands for plastic products, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Sri Lanka's Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen announced a new partnership to expand the country's plastics manufacturing. The joint effort is a response to the increased demand for disposable products in the region and as exports abroad, and the new plan aims to increase production volume by up to 40 percent. Annual plastics consumption in Sri Lanka is rising steadily at 10-12 percent.
Epecially for a developing nation with miles of coastline, Sri Lanka's recent statements about bolstering their plastics industry are incredibly short-sighted. Plastic is a durable synthetic material; once created, it will never fully decompose or degrade. Just this week it was reported that plastic pollution in the oceans has increased 100 fold over the past several decades, and partnerships like the one between the Sri Lankan government and the UN seem dangerously unaware of the environmental impacts of plastic production and use. What is the green jobs industry like in Sri Lanka? Wouldn't the United Nations be better off supporting eco-conscious job growth rather than further bolstering disposable products and a disposable lifestyle?
You can read more about the proposed industry expansion in the Asian Tribune.