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Bangkok Street-Food Stalls Are Trying to Give Up Plastic Bags

By Randy Thanthong-Knight

 

-- Government bans aim to curb Thailand’s plastic addiction

-- Vendors turn to sugar cane and palm leaves as alternatives

 

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A takeaway order of soup is served at a street stall in Bangkok. Photographer: Nicolas Axelrod/Bloomberg

 

Two things Thailand is famous for are its delicious street food and its wonderful beaches. Sadly, the first typically comes in plastic bags that often wash up on the second -- not good for a country that relies on tourism for a fifth of its revenue.

 

Thailand’s love of plastic bags helped make it the sixth-worst maritime polluter. The country generates more than 5,000 metric tons of plastic trash a day, three-quarters of which ends up in landfills. So the Thai government decided to clamp down, promising to eliminate all single-use plastic bags by 2021, ban plastic straws by 2022 and recycle all its remaining plastic packaging by 2027.

 

Big retailers like CP All Pcl’s 7-Eleven, signed up early to the plan, pledging to stop handing out plastic bags starting Jan. 1 this year, but for the ubiquitous street vendors, the change is not so simple.

 

Full story: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-22/bangkok-street-food-stalls-are-trying-to-give-up-plastic-bags

 

-- Bloomberg Green 2020-01-23

 

 

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3 minutes ago, rovinman said:

I can remember some 65-70 years ago in England, going to my local 'Fast food outlet', (the Chippy), with my parents, who brought their own bowls and plates, with them, to collect their ''Split and Fish'', (Split=Chips and Mushy peas, with Cod , Haddock, Plaice, or other fish of their choice).
They brought their own Cloth Towels, to wrap around their dishes, to keep the food warm, whilst we walked home !
Doesn't seem difficult now does it  ?

I recall similar back in Australia, you took saucepans to the local Chinese to get takeaway.

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The food vendors could make extra cash selling food containers to take away. Why not

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I think all supermarkets should have  free replacement bags .

Paper bags  or is it a con job to RIP US OFF?

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Plastic is one concern but what about the styrofoam containers they use. That doesn't degrade very fast. What is the alternative for fast food vendors to use?

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13 minutes ago, Magenta408 said:

Plastic is one concern but what about the styrofoam containers they use. That doesn't degrade very fast. What is the alternative for fast food vendors to use?

 

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"Big retailers like CP All Pcl’s 7-Eleven, signed up early to the plan, pledging to stop handing out plastic bags starting Jan. 1"

 

OH REALLY?? Well, last week I made a selection of purchases in a 7-11 shop at a PTT station near Aranyapratet and the young lady kindly put them in a single use plastic bag from a stack on the counter and gave me a plastic straw from a container also stacked with other plastic straws!! Perhaps the news about the ban was still on its way from Bangkok. Whatever, I was a happy bunny.

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5 minutes ago, Burma Bill said:

last week I made a selection of purchases in a 7-11 shop at a PTT station near Aranyapratet and the young lady kindly put them in a single use plastic bag from a stack on the counter

 

That won't go very well for the franchisee when they are found to be breaking brand standards.

 

All it takes is one post on Facebook.

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5 minutes ago, blackcab said:

 

That won't go very well for the franchisee when they are found to be breaking brand standards.

 

All it takes is one post on Facebook.

Thank you, but this I will never do, as a "brand standard" for me is the supply of a plastic bag to carry my purchases from the store - sorry!!

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