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...and I'll bet that 90% of the items inside those bags are prepacked with plastic.

No more rubber condoms either. The ecologically friendly prophylactic is now a hollowed out aubergine or cucumber.   Soon to be on sale in green supermarkets.

The public here are used to being kept in the dark, so no great surprise there. I would hazard a guess that a very significant amount of plastic bags are used more by the market or talat sellers,

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5 hours ago, marcusb said:

This is what gets me.  I am always on my motorbike, so I always have my backpack on. I haven't used store bags for a couple years. When I empty my backpack out at home I am dismayed by all the plastic on the table. 

 Plastic bags are a start but we need to get the manufacturers cutting out the packaging or using plastic alternatives. 

 In Europe they started already. The big 2 (Aldi, Lidl)  are promoting veggies and fruits without plastic covers. 😄

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So, will it "work" like in Aus where one can have as many as one likes so long as one pays 15c each......some <deleted> attempt , never works when all boils down.

Anyone seen the "recycle storage" delima currently faced in Aus?

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15 minutes ago, ukrules said:

I don't see what the problem is with plastic, it wasn't a problem for the last 40 or so years. What's changed recently?

 

 

 

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I think something's been lost in translation here.  The 3 types of plastic banned by the end of this year and announced some time ago are:

 

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By the end of 2019 Thailand will be free from three types of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics.

Single use plastic bags will become illegal by 2021 with a campaign starting in January 2020.

 

However, most major retailers including CP All (7/11's) have signed an agreement to stop issuing plastic bags from January next year (2020)

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Most people forget that most of the 'double-wrapped, and in plastic not paper' was all government mandated in the first place - so a lot of shops are effectively under regulatory obligation to use plastic wrapping. The bags issue is in essence, a sop to the environmentalists and is being successful because it allows supermarkets to turn a cost (free check-out bags which we then use for garbage) into a profit centre, because we now all need to buy bags for garbage. Just wait until the councils have to start emptying bins with un-bagged trash, to see where the 'money shot' truly is.

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Here in Sweden we're going to get tax on plastic grocery bags, like 80cents US$. All to reduce plastic waste. What we didn't know was that our plastics end up in the Oceans! We thought it was taken care of by either landfills or recycling! 😂

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7 hours ago, StayinThailand2much said:

How about those kids in Isarn that like to use 7-Eleven bags instead of condoms?

That would liven things up if it had been used for a spicy sausage.😳

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7 hours ago, marcusb said:

This is what gets me.  I am always on my motorbike, so I always have my backpack on. I haven't used store bags for a couple years. When I empty my backpack out at home I am dismayed by all the plastic on the table. 

 Plastic bags are a start but we need to get the manufacturers cutting out the packaging or using plastic alternatives. 

Correct! I got "slagged off" a while ago for buying cheese slices where all the slices are separated by thin sheets of plastic. There are types of cheese slices available without, but almost impossible to separate, and I don't like the brand anyway. Could they not use some kind of greaseproof paper instead?

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