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Activist claims customers' rights infringed by plastic bag ban

Activist claims customers' rights infringed by plastic bag ban

THAILAND: Activist Srisuwan Janya has accused retailers of violating consumers' rights in ceasing to handout single-use plastic bags while failing to offer suitable alternatives.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 6 January 2020, 01:57PM


A customer packs her purchases herself, in her own bag, after major retailers stopped handing out single-use plastic bags from Jan 1. Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

A customer packs her purchases herself, in her own bag, after major retailers stopped handing out single-use plastic bags from Jan 1. Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Mr Srisuwan said the move allowed major stores to eliminate the cost of providing plastic bags from Jan 1 and to pass the burden to their customers.

“Some operators took the opportunity to unreasonably raise the prices of alternative containers, and consumers have no choice but to buy them.

“It is the duty of stores to offer alternative free and environmentally friendly containers, instead of cashing in on their customers,” he said.

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He also accused the government of failing to protect consumer's rights. He urged the Office of the Consumer Protection Board to step in and do its job.

The decision to stop handing out free single-use plastic shopping bags from Jan 1 is part of a campaign by the government and major retailers to help reduce the amount of plastic trash dumped into the environment.

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Kurt | 06 January 2020 - 20:11:49

Mr Srisuwan is blowing funny bubbles in the air. Seems he missed the point that Thailand is in the 5 top countries polluting our oceans with plastic. It must be a funny drama guy, otherwise he would underline 'non plastic' initiatives and just bring his own bag to the shop. No one is obligated to provide him anything as it was service wise before.

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