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Time to bring your own shopping bags. Thailand appears serious now.

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6 hours ago, FolkGuitar said:

 

Tops at Kad Suan Kaew is now offering a 'Green Line' at the check-outs. Bring your own bags Only. Tends to be much shorter line than the others.

 

Stopped at S and P 2 hours back, put 2 bags of chicken pies (2 pies per bag) plus a slice of fruit cake on the tray.

 

At cashier my teen Thai granddaughter (native Thai speaker) tells the cashier 'don't put all of this in a carry bag'. The discussion went on forever.

 

End result each of the 3 original bags now placed into slightly larger plastic bags with handles, then all three carry bags put into 1 larger carry bag. The girl looks very pleased with herself.

 

Granddaughter is ready to tear her hair out, she looks at me grins and says in perfect english 'grandfather please don't hit me'.  Whole family giggles, also the S and P girl. 

 

 

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Small sign at the Tesco check out about the plastic free days and something along the lines of bring your own "tote" on those days. I can't ever recall having seen the word "tote" used in any sentence, ever - cute :thumbsup:

 

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6 hours ago, lopburi3 said:

Tesco has discontinued use of plastic bags - but others have not.

What....permanently or just on 4th's? According to Daffy post 33, it is only on plastic free days, whenever they may be.

 

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45 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

What....permanently or just on 4th's? According to Daffy post 33, it is only on plastic free days, whenever they may be.

 

They had press release saying they were going paper bags at all stores - but have since retracted it to be only on plastic free days.  

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Just been to the local 7/11 for my evening beers.

 

Same old same old. One Bag for my beers, another for my Mars bar.

 

Beggars belief.

 

KP.

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6 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

They had press release saying they were going paper bags at all stores - but have since retracted it to be only on plastic free days.  

So your post no 16, 6 hours ago was fake news. Naughty. Can you not get done for that here in LOS?

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3 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

So your post no 16, 6 hours ago was fake news. Naughty. Can you not get done for that here in LOS?

Obviously too ThaiVisa reading:

 

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"Time to bring your own shopping bags. Thailand appears serious now".

If only the women appear serious that would do Thailand a lot of good too.

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I've been doing my own check-out at the local stores here in Texas, where I scan my own items and put them into as many plastic bags as I want.   Yet, there doesn't seem to be a plastic bag litter problem.  I rarely see an errant plastic bag on the beach or on the road here.

 

Because the bags aren't the problem.  It's the lack of infrastructure to handle solid waste, along with a lack of enforcement of the litter laws that create the problem in Thailand.   It was the same when I was a kid in the USA.  Then there were year long campaigns to shame litterers and hurt them where it counts with big fines and a high probability of getting caught.  That's what reduced the litter problem, even as the use of plastic skyrocketed.

 

I realize that plastics will always be a landfill problem.  But I don't recall ever "wasting" a disposable bag from BigC or TESCO in 7+ years of living in BKK.  Every single one of them was used to take my household trash down to the bins on the 1st floor of my apartment building.  And it was nice to not have to buy garbage bags, though I had to adapt to using the smaller TESCO bags instead of 10-20 gallon trash bags.  As far as 7/11, I learned early on that all I had to do is say, "no bag, please" and I rarely walked out of a 7/11 with a plastic bag.

 

On a related note, I'd be curious to see how much their revenue changes on the 4th each month when they go to "no plastic days".

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9 hours ago, FolkGuitar said:

 

Tops at Kad Suan Kaew is now offering a 'Green Line' at the check-outs. Bring your own bags Only. Tends to be much shorter line than the others.

Yesterday at BigC; put my canvas bag on the counter and said 'toong' just to be sure that they would recognize it. While I was reaching for my wallet, the guy had already popped up a couple of plastic bags and was almost finished stuffing them up. Now I ask you, it's not my task to educate the Thai right? So let them have their 'evolution' period. Seems nowadays it's supposed to become a do or die situation. Never gonna happen in Thailand.

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4 minutes ago, hugocnx said:

Yesterday at BigC; put my canvas bag on the counter and said 'toong' just to be sure that they would recognize it. While I was reaching for my wallet, the guy had already popped up a couple of plastic bags and was almost finished stuffing them up. Now I ask you, it's not my task to educate the Thai right? So let them have their 'evolution' period. Seems nowadays it's supposed to become a do or die situation. Never gonna happen in Thailand.

 

I don't know you, so I'm not passing judgment on your tones.  Your Thai may be perfect and your tones may be impeccable.   

 

But I can't count how many times a local friend or co-worker has turned to me and asked "was he speaking English?" right after a foreigner spoke to them in their very best Thai or Chinese.

 

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19 hours ago, impulse said:

The issue being, of course, that the vast majority of the Thai population doesn't have a car to haul their empty bags around...

Ok, so how does this 'vast majority of Thais' who cannot get empty bags to the store get full ones home again?

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