BANGKOK (NNT) - 30 private firms in Ratchada, Bangkok, have joined hands in the "Care for the Whales" campaign to raise public awareness of environmental issues and promote mutual efforts to reduce waste, using the circular economy concept.
14 organizations, 12 social enterprises and 5 partner agencies from the government and private sectors in the Ratchada neighborhood of Bangkok have come together in a campaign to address climate change and to reduce the use of plastics, foam and greenhouse gas emissions.
Thailand is ranked as the 3rd biggest greenhouse gas emitting country in ASEAN, and used to be ranked 6th in the world for the most marine debris generated.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Permanent Secretary Jatuporn Buruspat said the government has made the garbage crisis a national agenda, which has yielded a reduction in marine debris in Thai waters, improving the country’s ranking to 10th place. He said the efforts by businesses in the Ratchada neighborhood will serve as a model for other neighborhoods.
The "Care for the Whales" campaign involves companies and organizations located in the 600,000 square meter area, with a population of 30,000 people. The campaign encourages participating businesses to find alternative packaging, consider reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help develop efficient garbage management and processing practices.
From 1 January 2020, 50 retailers and chain stores will no longer offer single use plastic bags to customers, especially plastic bags thinner than 36 microns. The Department of Environment Quality Promotion is working with the retailers to establish guidelines for both the general public and stores in remote areas.