BANGKOK (NNT) - Additional campaigns have been launched to promote convenience stores and shopping malls abolishing the use of single-use plastic bags starting January 1, 2020, with one competition offering a 1 million baht prize.
The competition calls for sustainable plastic management innovations and is aimed at protecting Thailand’s oceans. Application are at www.noplasticinnatureinnovation.com until December 31 this year, with the results to be announced on April 22 next year. Prizes will be handed out on June 5, 2020.
The challenge was staged to announce that 46 convenience stores and malls will stop giving out single-use plastic bags starting January 1st 2020, instead encouraging customers to use cloth bags as part of an effort to make Thailand single-use plastic free by 2021. Concerted efforts by private businesses in the country since July 21 of this year have so far cut over two billion plastic bags, or about 6,000 tons worth.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and theEnvironment is now handing out cloth bags as part of its volunteer campaign. The bags are available at the Gourmet Market in The Emquartier, Bangkok.