11: A glimpse into plastics from Southeast Asia with Beau Baconguis

Today’s episode will center around the plastic pollution in Southeast Asia.

If you travel to Southeast Asia, you’ll notice how food packaging differs from what we are used to here in the global north. This small plastic packaging called “sachet” is now causing major harm to our environment particularly on bodies of water. 

In this episode, we’ll talk about the plastic food packaging in Southeast Asia and why it’s a common marketing strategy for companies to produce them in sachets with Beau Baconguis, Regional Plastic Campaigner for GAIA!

Tune in as you learn more about the plastic pollution in Southeast Asia and what you can do to help become a part of the solution.

In this Episode, We Discuss:

  • The difference between the food packaging in Southeast Asia vs

  • Company brand audits

  • Why small single-use packaging is common in Southeast Asia

  • Zero-waste strategies and alternative packagin materials

Get to know Beau:

Beau works as regional plastic campaigner for GAIA,  a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.

She is also an environmental activist, an earth builder, and permaculturist. She completed her degree in Biology from the Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City. With two decades of environmental advocacy experience behind her, she used to work as a researcher with communities and peoples’ organizations from different parts of the Philippines dealing with a variety of environmental issues including logging, illegal fishing, development aggression, quarrying and the like. 

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