By Liang Man-ting, Chan Kit-yung, Tang On-ki, Lam Wing-tung, Nicole Chow and Tsui Oi-ling
Hong Kong is known, or notorious in the eyes of environmentalists, as a consumption-based society. High consumption has created more waste. Of all waste in daily life, about two-thirds are plastic waste. According to an estimate, we produced 1,700 tonnes of plastic waste every day. We consume plastic as if it is an infinite resource; it isn’t. Plastic waste piled up as we consumed food and drink, cloths and a range of products, many of which featured excessive plastic packaging. The city is suffocating under a film of plastic. Government and society must do more to cut plastic waste before it is too late.