Plastic is inside us – and could end up killing off humankind

Plastic is forever, and in 2021 Malaysia dumped 73,000 tonnes of it into the sea, making us the world's third largest emitter of plastic waste. That is a deadly record we urgently need to address, now, not in 2025. —

THE Stockholm Resilience Centre’s planetary boundaries are a set of limits within which human activities must operate to keep the planet habitable. These boundaries relate to biodiversity loss, climate change, land use, freshwater use, ocean acidification, ozone depletion, and chemical pollution.

Last year, the centre concluded that the planetary boundary relating to “novel entities” (chemicals and plastics to you and me) was breached – meaning that we are releasing more chemicals and plastics into the environment than the planet can process.

Get 30% off with our ads free Premium Plan

Monthly Plan


Annual Plan


Billed as RM103.60/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Environment

Shoring up shorebird protection in Malaysia
That dystopian ‘future’ scientists talk about? It's already here
Sarawak’s climate change Bill – how effective will it be?
The planet broke all the wrong records in 2023
The DOE has been looking after Malaysia's land, air and sea for 50 years
The first step is the hardest
A testament to wild women power
Small miracles in a giant world
Malaysia's Orang Asli rangers honoured for protecting Royal Belum Park
The world needs to be weaned off our fossil fuel addiction

Others Also Read