Volunteers on Malaysia’s resort island of Tioman are cleaning up beaches of ocean-bound plastic every weekend, which is then transformed by a local recycling plant into pellets and made into a range of products including auto parts, home appliances and furniture.
Heng Hiap, based in the southern Malaysian state of Johor, is one of a growing number of companies working with environmentalists to collect and remove plastic waste in the country’s waters.
The pellets made by Heng Hiap are sold to companies such as Kian, a furniture maker.
Irene Lim, Kian’s furniture branding manager, said: “Every chair that comes out from the machine we know that this has recycled part of the trash that we have created in the first place.”
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