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Expat Life in Thailand sat down with Fiona Lemaire (founder of Zero Waste Thailand)

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” by Ryunosuke Saoro (Japanese philosopher and writer) “

We were reminded of this quote when we met Fiona from Zero Waste Thailand. She made us believe that each one of us has the potential to make a difference. Her story is extremely inspiring and her determination and belief that she could make a difference really touched us deeply.

We asked her if there was any particular incident which led her to build her company, Zero Waste Thailand. She told us that she loves the ocean and when she went diving a few years back in Phuket, she saw a huge amount of plastic floating around her and she literally saw the marine life suffering. Each time we use a single use plastic item and throw it away, it is going into our oceans and landfills and it is harming and polluting our planet.

It was very disturbing to hear about her diving experience in Thailand and Bali; she saw more plastic than fish and she mentioned that it was extremely irritating to have her diving mask covered by the plastic bags floating in the ocean. The very thought of that sight was so difficult to comprehend, it must have been painful for her to witness all the beautiful corals suffering because of our actions.

She imagined the amount of plastic floating into the wide-open mouth of a manta ray. Her unforgettable diving experience made her really want to take responsible actions towards sustainable living and that is why she founded her company, Zero Waste Thailand. She said that she had absolutely no idea if it would succeed but she knew that she had to try and do something after witnessing those nightmare scenes underwater. When she started two years back, she produced 1,000 stainless steel reusable straws and she was unsure if they would sell but fortunately, they sold quickly which pushed her to produce more.

Today, her company sell many more sustainable and plastic free items. Zero Waste Thailand supplies many restaurants, hotels, schools and even weddings in Bangkok with their plastic free products. She mentioned that her margins are extremely low, so she does not supply to any of the supermarkets yet. (A shopping guide and places in Bangkok where you can find plastic free products, sustainable service will be published online on our website).

She has also been focusing on making people aware of reducing plastic in their daily life’s or businesses and is a strong advocate on changing people through kindness and education. She has been trying to conduct various events and seminars to inform and share with people the importance of going sustainable over convenience. She was the main host of an event at K Village last August called “Zero Waste Weekend” together with other local companies to give options and ideas to consumers and business owners of eco-friendly products and packages.

She is visiting many international schools in Bangkok and offers seminars and talks to the children about being more mindful and aware of our daily habits in using plastic items. Definitely Zero Waste Thailand and their customers make quite an impact here in Thailand.

At the end of our interview we were brainstorming on the little changes each one of us can make towards a more sustainable and eco friendly lifestyle. Every effort to reduce wastefulness is important, therefore…


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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