Asia is known to be one of the biggest pollutants in the ocean. We are not particularly proud of this fact which is why there have been various movements to reduce the use of plastic over the past few years, and more and more individuals are doing their part to help this cause all over Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. If you're a foreigner or an expat who’s in the process of moving to Vietnam, you might think that Vietnamese and other Asians are weird for having plastics under the sink or for reusing their disposables, but these simple acts can make a big difference. If you're starting to channel the eco activist in you, then you're very much aware that the modern world that offers us so many options to help us go zero waste.
Many Saigonese households welcome the opportunity to supplement their meager earnings through selling recyclable materials. Instead of throwing away your plastic and glass bottles, old shoes, and worn clothes, sell them to the ve chai lady or give them to your cleaning lady - they will make good use of them. Cardboard is particularly valuable, so make an effort to give it to someone who will benefit.
For information on recycling go to Rethink Plastic: a Seminar to Challenge Plastic Waste in Vietnam