Plastic still proliferates

Several retail chains have taken the initiative to cut down on plastic waste by not giving out plastic bags, and people find themselves carrying their own tote bags when they shop at malls and convenience stores.

The adjustment seems to be going well. But while the public focuses on big-business initiatives, they may overlook community-based, family-owned grocery shops and street vendors that also contribute to the plastic waste issue.

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Melalin Mahavongtrakul