An effort to reduce the plastic crisis that is choking Thailand waterways began in 2018-2019. A complete ban of bags for all retailers goes into effect in 2021.
Thailand was ranked sixth among the world’s top countries that pollute the sea. And the effort to reduce the use of bags made an immediate impact. Now the country occupies the 10th place.
Now customers of major mall retailers either bring their own bags or pay a small fee for a reusable cloth-bag. A public awareness campaign helps people to understand the importance of the plastic bags taboo. This effort has already caused a reduction in waste by 2 billion, or about 5,765 tons last year.
It is not easy to change the way people think and Thailand seeks to make the taboo accepted by population.
While Thailand seeks to make plastic use taboo, environmental activists see much larger action needed to solve the plastic crisis.