THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Shops pledge to cut plastic bag use, one day a month

BANGKOK: As many as 40 retailers and store operators have entered an agreement with the Mineral Resources Department not to provide plastic bags on the fourth of each month.

environmentpollution
By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 5 December 2018, 12:07PM


A Big C shopper puts purchased items into a cloth bag she brought along yesterday, the first of a promised ‘no plastic bag days’ on the 4th of every month. Photo: Patipat Janthong / Bangkok Post

A Big C shopper puts purchased items into a cloth bag she brought along yesterday, the first of a promised ‘no plastic bag days’ on the 4th of every month. Photo: Patipat Janthong / Bangkok Post

The deal, effective yesterday (Dec 4), was signed by small and large retail chains including Tops, Robinson, Big C, Tesco Lotus, Makro, Foodland, Watsons, Central Marketing Group and OfficeMate.

The retailers all pledged to support activities aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags. They also committed to launching promotional campaigns and educating consumers on the environmental dangers of single-use plastic.

Waste from plastics amounts to roughly 2 million tonnes or 12% of all rubbish in Thailand each year. Of that total, just 500,000 tonnes is recycled, according to the Pollution Control Department.

The department reports that about 45 billion plastic bags, 6.76bn food containers and some 9.75bn single-use plastic cups are used every year.

Phattaraporn Phenpraphat, Vice-President for Marketing at Central Food Retail Co, the operator of Tops Supermarket chains, said the company began promoting the reduced use of plastic bags over the past decade.

In July of this year, the company started a campaign to stop providing plastic bags to shoppers on the third of every month at its 217 stores across the country.

"With this scheme, we can reduce the use of plastic bags by about 500,000 plastic bags on each day that it runs. Since July, as many as one million customers refused plastic bags from our stores," Ms Phattaraporn said.

The company has also provided a speedier Green Check Out counter, a line in which plastic bags are not is available for shoppers, since October this year.

It will continue to offer this service at Tops Superstore and Tops Daily stores next year. Moreover, it is considering offering biodegradable plastic bags to customers.

Splash Beach Club

Tops uses about 200mn plastic bags a year, but Ms Phattaraporn voiced confidence that the figure would decline sharply.

Voralak Tulaphorn, chief marketing officer at The Mall Group, said The Mall has been using Oxo biodegradable bags at its Home Fresh Mart chains for 10 years under The Mall Think Green project and also now uses shopping bags made of recycled paper at all its retail complexes.

The group uses about 100mn bags at its chain stores, of which 10% are biodegradable bags and 90% plastic. It also offers paper bags to clients.

"With the implementation of The Mall Think Green project, we can reduce the use of plastic bags by over 20%," Ms Voralak said.

Last year, it used four million less plastic bags and expects to save at least six million this year by adding more days where they are not provided as standard.

Surakit Arayarangsi, head of back of house operations at Robinson Plc, said the company is finding new methods to reduce the use of plastic products at its complexes across the country.

It will also expand the use of bags made from recycled plastics at all stores as well as ask vendors at its food courts to use biodegradable food containers.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Kurt | 05 December 2018 - 14:03:10

One day a month? What is the meaning of that? Something symbolic, not substantial?  Oh wait, we live in Thailand. That explains.
Retailers should at once stop permanent with plastic bags. What is the problem not to do it? Follow 1st world 4.0 countries.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Chalong Underpass road surfacing to cause delays, project on target for end of May finish

Nevermind the Underpass and this silly Circle! Why not finish the Chalong Hospital! but this would b...(Read More)


Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

Stop cleaning up Thai's garbage and force the nation to confront the people's ignorance of t...(Read More)


Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

"And I make my hands dirty by keeping clean and fresh my place..."Wow,what a great achieve...(Read More)


Free emergency water to be delivered to Kamala residents

This whole water droughts crisis did reach present stage due to a governor with a ostrich syndrome. ...(Read More)


Free emergency water to be delivered to Kamala residents

You don't mean to say a certain personage got it wrong when he said there was no drought do you?...(Read More)


Chalong Underpass road surfacing to cause delays, project on target for end of May finish

Talking about Chalong hospital, was that not opening this month April? Comparing with the short con...(Read More)


Chalong Underpass road surfacing to cause delays, project on target for end of May finish

Chalong Underpass construction is already causing 3.5 years traffic delay. Another extra 6 weeks to ...(Read More)


Mains water supply outage announced

"Interesting mental output at 5.16," maybe, but then I was following your example "&q...(Read More)


Phuket Town rolls out emergency water supply

Guess water hydrants and sprinkler systems in shopping centres all over Phuket have now not the need...(Read More)


Phuket Town rolls out emergency water supply

When this Governor declares that Phuket has a water drought crisis in 'full swing'? When red...(Read More)