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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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8 hours ago, Denim said:

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.

I hope they push the pesticide ban through fast!

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35 minutes ago, sambum said:

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?

It depends on the cheese. A very soft cheese would need a sheet of paper in between to keep the cheese from melding together.

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1 minute ago, hotchilli said:

I hope they push the pesticide ban through fast!

I take the skin off most vegetables here and soak everything else in vinegar and dishwashing liquid.  Then I throw the peels in ... oh ..... wait for it ... a plastic bag I got at the stupidmarket.

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Let's see what actually happens. Despite claims from Tesco and 7/11 that they have reduced plastic carrier bag use by millions - 7/11 also stating that they give a chunk of the money they save to charities, I've noticed no difference. I always have to tell 7/11 staff that I don't need a bag for my single bottle of milk - nor do I need a straw and Tesco cashiers still try to put every different type of item in a separate bag - crazy!

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5 hours ago, zydeco said:

Realize that the hysteria over plastic bags is a matter of religion. Many Westerners in Thailand have spiritually empty lives and need something to fasten on to. The plastic bag hysteria is an easy answer. They want to be missionaries, spreading the gospel of hating plastic. One hundred years ago, these same people would have been all over Southeast Asia trying to bring Jesus to Thailand.

Plastics  have transformed our  lives its a  valuable and useful resource, the problem is the people who  just  bin it everywhere and for that the Thai public  are to blame

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3 hours 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?

Stupidity like that Thunberg child and the publics  gullibility, its a  simple  matter of recycling and keeping things clean not  just dumping it where you  fancy......

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5 hours ago, Garybaldy said:

hopefully biodegradable

still no  good  apparently

 

Biodegradable plastics are very rarely recyclable, and biodegradable does not mean compostable–so they often up in the landfill. Compostable and bioplastic goods can be a better choice than biodegradable ones, but often still end up in landfills unless you can compost appropriately.

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3 minutes ago, justin case said:

and in what will people throw away their trash ? paper bags ?

How will I toss my cat <deleted>!  I can't very well toss it from the balcony!

 

I swim in that pool.

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