Our environment is suffering from serious plastic pollution and this problem is only going to get worse if we don’t do something about it. That single-use plastic may be really convenient for now, but in the long-term, it’s going to have harmful effects on the environment.
As more and more shops and countries are pledging to reduce plastic waste, it’s good to get recycle bags when you go shopping so you are prepared. Next year in 2020, you will also need to bring recycle bags when you’re shopping in Thailand as major retail and convenience stores have announced that they will stop giving out free plastic bags to customers, Reuters reported.
This announcement was made in September 2019 and major operators said that starting January 2020, they will not provide single-use plastic bags anymore. Varawut Silpa-archa, the natural resources and environment minister said that, “43 department stores and convenience stores around the country have joined the program to stop handing out plastic bags.”
Some of these stores include CPALL Pcl, which operates more than 10,000 7-Eleven convenience stores in Thailand, and the country’s largest retailer, Central Group. Other popular stores include Big C Supercentre, Tesco Lotus, Aeon, Siam Paragon and many more.
The public is encouraged to bring and use cloth bags for their shopping. Varawut said, “Convenience will slightly be reduced in order to extend the life of the environment.” Greenpeace says that if this move is successful then it could help reduce the waste in Thailand, especially plastic.
The country generates about 2 million tonnes of plastic waste a year. Out of this, 75 billion pieces are plastic bags and half of this comes from malls, supermarkets and convenience stores, with the other half coming from traditional markets and street vendors.
However, retailers are worried about this decision as consumers have made an uproar about this. Many fear that customers will make a fuss or throw tantrums when they were not given plastic bags. Yet, they hope that people will be cooperative as they want to help save the environment.
So, if you’re travelling to Thailand next year, make sure you bring your own recycle bags!
“We’ll help” – PAS Challenges Gov’t to BAN Gambling Centers in States Controlled by BN & PH
Just recently, Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is also the Minister of Finance reduced the 4D Special Draw...
Johor Police Busts World Cup 2022 Gambling Syndicate With Bets Of Up To RM6.3 Million
The Johor police successfully busted an online gambling syndicate surrounding the Qatar 2022 World Cup, involving bets of up to...
M’sian AIDS Orgs Slam Doctors For Urging Govt to Ban HIV Prevention Medicine From Gay Couples
Whatever your view is on the LGBTQ community, a group shouldn’t ever be banned from accessing certain medication just because...
PDRM Introduces E-Reporting System That Allows M’sians To Make Police Reports Online
One of the most troublesome things that one can encounter is to lose personal documentations or personal belongings. The common...
Fire Breaks Out at the HQ of Ministry of Finance, No Injuries or Losses Reported
A fire broke out yesterday (December 6) at the HQ of the Ministry of Finance but fortunately, no injuries or...
“I didn’t go watch the world cup!” – Tengku Zafrul Explains Why He Was Absent During 1st Cabinet Meeting
When PM10 Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s first special cabinet meeting was held, many people were angry to see that Tengku...
“Don’t challenge me” – DSAI Tells Muhyiddin Yassin Over Alleged Misappropriation of RM600 Billion
Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) has warned Perikatan Nasional (PN) Chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin not to challenge...
9 Police Cars Went on a High Speed Chase With a 39yo M’sian Woman for 65KM
High speed chases usually don’t occur often and the most that we’ve seen would probably be on TV! Just recently,...
Social Stories13 hours ago
“Not good practice” – M’sians Slam Politicians For Answering Phone Calls During Press Conferences
Social Stories10 hours ago
“I have a Chinese foster father” – Video of Zahid Hamidi Speaking Mandarin Shocks M’sians
Social Stories9 hours ago
M’sian Woman Has a Crush on Married Colleague, Compares Her Husband To Her Office Crush
Social Stories14 hours ago
M’sian Throws RM1,000 Cash Onto Lower Ground Floors in a Shopping Mall, Netizens Tegur