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Bring your own bag shopping, starting today
« on: July 03, 2019, 05:50:29 PM »
Makes you wonder if these outlets are out to make themselves look good on no bag day, brownie points. no bag day would make it better for the environment if it was everyday, everywhere, i can't see that happening what about market traders. but people would learn to take a shopping bag out with them. whats wrong with paper or biodegradable bags, oh! oh! do i hear the words, deforestation.  ;)

Bring your own bag shopping, starting today



Starting on Wednesday, people going out shopping may want to bring along their own reused or cloth bags to carry goods, as many shopping malls in Thailand have commenced campaigns to reduce the use of plastic bags.

This move coincides with the July 3 International Plastic Bag Free Day 2019 – celebrated by millions in 170 countries and aimed to encourage people to be more aware of their plastic use and create a cleaner world for generations to come.

The Mall Group has launched “The Mall Group Go Green: Green Everyday” to encourage shoppers to use their own cloth bags and refrain from using plastic bags on a daily basis. Those in need of a plastic bag will be asked for a Bt1 donation for each one, with proceeds going to fund environmental conservation work by WWF-Thailand.

Tesco Lotus will add 100 points to a customer’s club card membership if they refuse to take a plastic bag on July 3. The company says it has already kept 180 million plastic bags out of use.

Central Group's campaign, dubbed “Central Love the Earth: Say No to Plastic Bags”, launched on June 5, with a vow to reduce the use of more than 150 million plastic bags this year.

The move was viewed by many as a timely action, with Thailand reportedly using 500 million plastic bags per day, or eight plastic bags per head, with 20 per cent of them destined for the seas where they cause harm to marine life.

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Re: Bring your own bag shopping, starting today
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2019, 06:06:43 AM »
Back in Canada last year you where charged $0.05 for every plastic bag used at the check-out, soon made one use reusable bags.
We have several reusable bags the we use here now every day, and even tell the cashiers no no to plastic, & get a funny look back, but it has to start somewhere, Eh.

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Re: Bring your own bag shopping, starting today
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2019, 07:17:26 AM »
Packing your purchased and paid items into a plastic bag is for many Thais like writing you a receipt for your purchase; it's a ceremony, a custom! Will be hard to change that!

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Re: Bring your own bag shopping, starting today
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2019, 01:44:08 PM »
KC Well done that man,  as the saying every little helps. re-use the same plasic bag for shopping some say, that could be unhealthy, might have had uncooked meat in it's last use. a reuseable cloth, washable bag, is the way t go, but as j/f posts with some it's a ceremony shopping a custom, habits.

can you realy see it changing, people are so used to it, pop it in a bag an away you go. We just need to recondition peoples minds, changing their habits. good to start by educating our children. maybe there are more important things on the list. education as in caring, not only for the enviroment but for each other, where i am up here in the boonies caring is not on the list with some. where does scooter boy put his plasic cup when he's finished sucking on his straw.

wouldn't be nice if we stop using plastic altogether, but i don't think were ready for that as yet. what are folk going to put their ice drinks into, more plastic. i even get a straw when buying milk, totally useless if i did need it as it's half the size as the bottle, did i say education. lol.

how does so much plastic end up in the ocean, can take up to hundreds of years to degrade, and there’s increasing concern about the toxins they release into the environment. so next time your munching o yer seaweed crisps, give it some thought.

did anybody mention plastic bottles. you could go on
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Re: Bring your own bag shopping, starting today
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2019, 02:52:25 PM »
PM vows to phase out four types of plastic products by 2022

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said, on the eve of International Plastic Bag Free Day today (July 3), that Thailand will phase out the use of four types of plastic products by 2022. The products are plastic bags which are less than 36 microns thick, Styrofoam food containers, plastic straws and single-use plastic cups.

The Prime Minister praised the private sector for their initiatives to reduce plastic waste and urged all shopping malls, convenience stores and other shops to reduce or stop the use of single-use plastic bags on sustainable basis, not just on the annual International Plastic Bag Free Day.

He added that the government had set a roadmap through to 2030 to reduce and finally stop the use of plastic bags and other plastic products and to replace them with environmentally friendly products.

The Mall and Central groups, which operates several shopping malls, has stopped providing plastic bags to shoppers effective from today, advising shoppers to bring their own bags. Anyone who wants a single-use plastic bag will be charged one baht per bag.

Other large, modern chain stores in Thailand had already started campaigns to urge their customers to bring their own shopping bags.

Statistics show that Thai people generate about two million tons of plastic waste each year, or 8-10 plastic bags each day by every Thai citizen.

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