BANGKOK (ANN): Around 75 brands and 24,500 distribution channels under the Thai Retailers Association will stop providing plastic bags from Jan 1 in a bid to reduce the whopping 9 billion, or 20%, of plastic bags used in Thailand.
According to the Pollution Control Department, 45 billion plastic bags are used each year in the country – 18 billion, or 40%, by local markets and street vendors, 13.5 billion, or 30%, by retail shops, and another 30% by department stores and supermarkets.
Each Bangkokian uses eight plastic bags daily on average, which totals 80 million plastic bags per day. Association president Worawut Oonjai said that 75 brands under its umbrella joined forces to reduce plastic waste and signed an agreement to stop providing plastic bags on the fourth day of each month last year.
Retail shops and department stores have promoting non-plastic use with reward points from Dec 4 last year until Aug 31 this year. The effort resulted in a reduction of 2 billion plastic bags – a 4.6% decrease.
After discussions with department stores, convenience stores and retail shops in November, the association decided to introduce a campaign titled “Every Day Say No to Plastic Bags”, under which all its members will stop providing such bags.
Worwut believes thecampaign will produce more effective results than the government’s road map to eliminate plastic bags from Thailand by 2028. - The Nation/Asia News Network