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Page updated: 2018-09-20

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There are a lot of plastic bags in Thailand. Where ever you buy something, you get at least one plastic bag. If you buy food at the market, they put it in a small plastic bag, seal it with a rubber band, and put in in another plastic bag. You go to the supermarket to buy some detergent and a bottle of milk, two plastic bags. A fully loaded shopping cart means at least 15 plastic bags.
At home you can use the plastic bags as garbage bags, or you can use the bags to store goods. But if you go to a supermarket a few times a week, you will get very, very much plastic bags.
You will find plastic bags everywhere in Thailand. On the roadside. In a ditch. Underneath the house. Dirty, green, brown or black pieces of plastic, soaked with water, soaked with …….
Thai government has plans for plastic-bag-tax. A good idea, but now they have to implement if. And they need a plan to get the old plastic bags away.


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