Lee Jo May, Malaysia finalist
Lee Jo May, a postgraduate from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), is pursuing her Masters Degree in Polymer Engineering. She is an avid reader who finds her extreme wealth of ideas from motivational books. She aspires to make the world a better place for future generations, and is engaging in a research project involving environmental issues. Since 2008, her project has provided many opportunities to explore the development of biodegradable materials and their contributions towards the environment. Her concern for the environment led to her involvement in an attempt to reduce environmental pollution.
3 (+1R) Concept in Solving Plastic Waste Disposal Problem
The natural environment is deteriorating under the actions of mankind. The damages that we inflicted upon nature are irreversible. One such environmental crisis is the pollution caused by plastic waste disposal. Plastic has become an inseparable part of our lives but its wide usage has led to a problem with waste accumulation. The 3R concept (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) is insufficient to overcome the problem. Therefore, the best solution is to introduce biodegradable plastics (Redevelop) as an addition to the 3R concept. Biodegradable plastics offer many advantages over conventional plastics such as high biodegradability and renewability. This lecture will create awareness among the public of the benefits of using biodegradable plastics.