Thai supermarkets have banned plastic bags. Residents responded with creative alternatives

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“Do you need a large or small package? Ah, you have a traffic cone with you.”

On January 1, 2020, a partial ban on the sale of plastic bags came into force in Thailand. At the first stage of the initiative, plastic bags cannot be bought only in large stores and supermarkets. In 2021 there will be a complete ban.

The government took a step to abandon plastic after a series of incidents: on the territory of the country, they began to find animal bodies with plastic in the digestive system. Thailand is also considered the sixth country in terms of dumping waste into the ocean. Therefore, the ban on the usual packages from stores is an attempt to correct the ecological situation in the region.

The new law provoked an unusual flash mob in the country: the people of Thailand began to come up with creative alternatives to plastic bags. Gradually, the options became more absurd — from suitcases to hangers and traffic cones. Successful alternatives from Thailand’s supermarkets have spread across social networks. For example, on Facebook, you can see a gallery of 77 images.


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