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Campaign for no single-use plastic bags in Thailand begins jan 1, 2020

Last update: 08/11/2019
BANGKOK, Nov 8 -- The Thai government and the private sector have launched a campaign for shops to stop giving single-use plastic shopping bags from Jan 1 next year.

Thai News Agency (TNA) reported the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and 47 private organisations including CP All PCL and PTT Group launched the campaign in front of United Centre building on Silom Road.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said shops, department stores and convenience stores of the 47 private organisations would stop giving single-use plastic shopping bags from Jan 1, 2020 onwards and would campaign for the use of cloth bags and substitutes that were environment-friendly instead.

According to the minister, campaigns over the past year reduced the use of single-use plastic shopping bags by more than two billion bags equivalent to 5,755 tonnes of plastic, which included about 830 million plastic bags unneeded at 7-Eleven stores that were turned into 166-million-baht donation.

In the past four months, department stores reduced the plastic bag use by about 10 million bags, also thanks to cooperation from consumers and tourists who became aware of environmental conservation and danger from marine plastic debris, Varawut said.

He hoped that Thailand could halve its plastic garbage next year and stop the use of single-use plastic products in 2021.


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