Listen Now: Thais Get Creative Following Plastic Bag Ban
Thailand is getting creative with saving the environment.
In Thailand a new law is in effect banning single-use plastic bags at big retailers and smaller 7-eleven stores. Customers can pay a small fee for reusable bags if they forget to bring their own, but instead customers are thinking outside the box.
Those without reusable bags are showing up to shop with anything they can find and celebrating their creativity on social media. One man borrowed food-storage netting from his mother. It’s usually used to dry fish and protect from flies. Instead he filled it with snacks, milk and juice at his local store.
Another man posted a picture of himself shopping with a wheelbarrow filled with water, paper towels and soap. Two women arrived together, each with a pink laundry basket overflowing with what they need.
Environmental experts say Thailand is a big contributor to ocean pollution. But when recent campaigns showing dead ocean animals with plastic bags clogging their stomachs went viral people voted for change.
The plan is to replace plastic bags completely by 2022, apparently with anything you can find.
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