Buyers in Thailand get creative after plastic bag ban.

In Thailand, people have been filling their T-shirts, luggage, laundry baskets and buckets with groceries since the January 1 ban on plastic bags came into effect at some retailers in the country. Creative shoppers have brought fishing nets and a big pot to carry their groceries home.

Thailand can no longer sell individual plastical bags to consumers in department stores, and by 2021 they will not be allowed in any store. This choice inspired shoppers to reuse common home goods for shopping, which is definitely easier to protect the environment than purchasing a new reusable bag. The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food has researched that reusable polyester bags should be used 35 times and that a cotton shopping cart 7,100 times less than traditional plastic bags before their environmental impact (water and energy use).

It is also due to this entertaining Facebook album that the trend is to flood social media. The empty 15 kilo bags of rice that Asian children like I are afraid of hanging around their parents are my favorites. You can now slip these through, mischievous bags full of all sorts of items.

Many may use alternative solutions which are less environmentally friendly than plastic food bags, including plastic waste bags. The current climate change is due to all the single-use plastics, including garbage bags and food bags. The plastic pollution does not only produce fossil fuel but also creates enormous floating waste banks in the ocean and seafood. After a manatee-like marine mammal (deer) died since plastic packing, a deadly toll of plastic garbs led to pollutants in Thailand last year.

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