Thailand to stop giving out single-use plastic bags in 2020

Many convenience and retail stores will not give out single-use plastic bags in 2020 as part of an initiative to help the environment. (Shutterstock)
Many convenience and retail stores will not give out single-use plastic bags in 2020 as part of an initiative to help the environment. (Shutterstock)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Many convenience and retail stores in Thailand will stop giving out single-use plastic bags in 2020 as part of an initiative to help the environment.

According to Reuters, the natural resources and environment minister, Varawut Silpa-archa had announced on his Facebook page that many stores will work along with a government program to terminate the giving out of single-use plastic bags, starting January 2020. 

Reuters quoted Varawut as saying: “Convenience will slightly be reduced in order to extend the life of the environment.” He also suggested using cloth bags as alternatives.

The campaign invited many big companies who agreed to get on board with the initiative.

Among the businesses invited were CP All Plc, which operates thousands of 7-11 stores in Thailand, and The Mall Group.

This isn’t Thailand’s first try at cutting down on plastic use. 

Last year, CNA reported that Thailand’s Tourism Division proclaimed a “National Cleaning Declaration” which aimed to eliminate half of the current plastic bag usage in 2021.