Thailand On Plastic Consumption and Pollution

Source: Financial Times

Norvergence wants to congratulate the government and people of Thailand as the country announced a complete plastic ban starting from January 1, 2020.

According to the trusted sources, around 25,000 stores across the country will no longer use plastic bags and instead encourage people to bring reusable shopping bags.

Minister Varawut Silpa-Archa said This cooperation will help Thailand leave the list of major generators of waste and sea garbage, This type of campaign should have been done long ago. We have spent so much time trying to negotiate. At last, we made it. Thailand was ranked sixth among the world’s top countries that dump waste into the sea. During the past five months, we were down to 10th… thanks to the cooperation of the Thai people.

On average, Thailand uses more than 45 billion plastic bags as 99.9% of the food is packed in plastic bags.

After plastic banned, people are finding innovative ways to carry their groceries. From wheelbarrows to hampers to suitcases, people are using different things to comply with the plastic bag initiative.

Source - Financial Times 1

Source: The Guardian

On the other hand, many people admitted that the plastic bag is not enough to preserve the environment.  Pimvipar Upatampaganon, a Bangkok-based artists wrote a message to NBC and Norvergence quotes: “Even if we reduce plastic bag use, it’s only by a little, as long as corporations are still spewing toxic fumes into the air and polluting the sea because they want those dinosaur juice oil, then it’s not gonna be enough in the long run,