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Great news. I have for 8 years been amazed why the shops love to give away so many plastic bags. I do my shopping at foodland and if I don' t tell them they would give me one plastic bag for each item I purchase, unbelievable. In my country they charge 7 baht 50 for a plastic bag when you shop!!

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i think part of the staff training at 7/11it is that every customer has to leave with at least one bag. i sometimes take my stuff out of the bag and leave on the counter but many times they don't use it on another customer, they just throw it away!

The other day, 7/11 practically forced a bleeping plastic bag down my throat -- I said that I didn't want it, as it was just a small purchase that would go into the box on the back of my bike, but they really insisted...

Took the big retailers a long time to realize that this is an area of great cost savings (no, they're not bothered by overflowing dumps and what goes up into the athmosphere when burned)

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A step in the right direction. Time to buy those cloth shopping bags people. :D

for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction...

Those clothe shopping bags are making people sick. They get right full of bacteria after a few shopping trips. [a few people have the sense to wash them, but that uses water ans adds phospates to the water]

WHY are they burning them???

The bio degradable ones are the answer.

Ahhhhh, now I know: that's why I was sick as a kid, all the time [kiddin' :) ] -- there were no plastic bags at the time, but only mom's constantly re-used & bacteria-infested shopping bag...

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About time too - sick of plastic bags and the smell of burning plastic by the beech from the local dumps!

here they burn the plastic around the corner, a lot people complained but police can't do anything because it is between two areas and police does not know who is responsible.....

That's a "cop-out" by the police, H90...no pun intended. If they really don't know, they could certainly find out! We have a 'recycling' operation in our vicinity (upland valley n.w. of MaeRim, ChiangMai---that used to be known for "the good air"). They burned a lot of plastic and most of the immediate neighbors started getting sick, some very sick! There were a lot of complaints with little to no action. Finally a petition was circulated (by Thais) and signed by hundreds of valley residents, including some falanges. Turned out the site was owned by a cop but the neighborhood pressure resulted in significant improvements to the incinerators and restrictions on time & wind direction as to when the burning of plastic would be allowed. Just takes a little pushing and, usually, a lot of tact! :)

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Lets see how long this "crackdown" on plastic bags will last..

They will get thousands of complains of the local Thai people who don’t share the same view about this as you rich & strange farang.

In a few weeks everything will be back to normal and if ever ask then initiators of this idea will admit that western style living is not for thais....

If you think that Thailand ever will be like you home country better stop dreaming and go home because this will never happen

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Why not paper bags? Yes, I know it uses wood but at least it is biodegradable. You get paper in Central, The Mall, and Robinson's in certain counters.

In other countries, I have been asked, "paper or plastic?" I normally chose paper other than good for the environment.

Sounds like another way to gouge the customer, be he/she Thai or otherwise.

strangely enough, it takes less energy to produce plastic bags than the paper ones. The alternative would be to make paper bags out of hemp, that would make it feasible. Hemp is the greatest textile resource on the planet. Ford even made a car body from hemp, couldn't smash it or dent it with a sledge hammer, and oh so light. Getting around the Duponts would be an issue though.

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... and if they give me straws i either tell them that i don't need any or just take them out of the bag (if i got one) and put them on the counter...

Bit rude don't you think? "Take them out of the bag and leave them on the counter" If you worked in a store and someone did that to you .. what would you think of them? .. be honest .. something along the lines of "You arrogant tosser." possibly. (gotta learn how to say that in Thai one day) The deeds been done already .. go with the flow and take the bloody straw with you .. don't be a "non krengjai" prick.

For something that happens on such a regular basis .. is it too hard to open up the Thai/Farang dictionary and learn how to say "I don't want a straw/bag thanks" 

Mai ow lawt/toong kruhp.

I find myself saying that with almost every visit to 7-11. If it pisses you off .. take charge of the situation instead of moaning about it. It's not really difficult.

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Bit rude don't you think? "Take them out of the bag and leave them on the counter" If you worked in a store and someone did that to you .. what would you think of them? .. be honest .. something along the lines of "You arrogant tosser." possibly. (gotta learn how to say that in Thai one day)

For something that happens on such a regular basis .. is it too hard to open up the Thai/Farang dictionary and learn how to say "I don't want a straw/bag thanks"

Mai ow lawt/toong kruhp.

I find myself saying that with almost every visit to 7-11. If it pisses you off .. take charge of the situation instead of moaning about it. It's not really difficult.

If you had to say no thank you every time its required i would be mumbling it 50 times a day LOL, hand the straws back with a smile would be offensive? I doubt it very much.

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yes, please start charging for the plastic bags upcountry too! check out this horrible photo I took in Roi Et, Thailand... the crazy thing is that this empty lot is right behind Tesco-Lotus and adjacent to the city's bus station... so it's the first thing people see when they get off the bus!

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I think that the current plastic bags are to a certain extend degradable.

They do not live forever.

I have always a few at hand in the corner where I clean our cats litter, thus outside but not in the sun, and if they are laying

there to long, I can't use them anymore, they just rip to pieces.

I can't pinpoint a time frame, but a bit over a month or so they lose their strength.

Of course I'm also in favor of using textile bags, for two reasons... one is environmental, the other is shopping habits.. if you only carry a few textile bags and want to avoid the plastic ones, you will not buy more than you can carry.

Specially useful in those supermarkets that use whatever trick to have you buy more than you need. And these days they really are doing an effort.

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I am not stupid enough to buy this <deleted> arse endever.

If they wanted to stop the amount of bags being used, they could train the staff to use them more sparingly. If they only cost 0.3 baht to buy and they sell them at 2 or even 1 baht, the stores will encourage staff to use MORE bags for customers.

Thai customes won't argue as it will look like they are arguing over a few bahts worth of plastic and farang customers aree too few and far between to have a significant country wide effect. This about making more money disguised as enviromental concern, and I am surprised you lot haven't clocked it yet.

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