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Anti-plastic campaign starts to hit home

Among Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa’s top priorities is reducing the amount of single-use plastic bags. To help him, 75 department stores, convenience stores and other shops with more than 24,500 branches nationwide have agreed to do so and from Wednesday they will ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

UN Urges Southeast Asian Countries to Get Tough on Plastic Pollution

Southeast Asian countries, among the world’s worst ocean polluters, need tougher regulations for plastic packaging to curb leakage, a UN report said on Wednesday.Southeast Asia is a major contributor to land-based plastic waste leaking into the world’s oceans, with more than half of it coming ...

Shifting mindsets a sea-change in plastic pollution problem

Plastic is today a major part of our convenient, throwaway lifestyles.Since the beginning of mass production in the 1940s, plastics have become almost unavoidable in daily life. But what was once a symbol of convenience now evokes images of overflowing rubbish dumps, oceans saturated with ...

Lieselot Nguyen

‘Climate Strike Thailand’ to call for gov’t to declare emergency

The one-two gut punch of dead, adorable sea creatures may be met with calls of action, but a young Thai climate crusader worries it won’t shock society into sustained action.Nanticha “Lynn” Ocharoenchai, who is organizing Bangkok’s third Climate Strike rally next month,  said it’s high ...

Curbs slash imports of plastic, e-waste

Imports of plastic and electronic waste have declined sharply after the government curbed imports of foreign waste, says the Customs Department.Plastic waste imported to Thailand fell to 174,000 tonnes during the five months to May from 571,000 tonnes for the full year of 2018, while ...

Wichit Chantanusornsiri

Drowning in a sea of plastic

Thailand is more aware than ever of the threat posed by plastic waste to the ecosystem and environment, especially trash in the oceans. As seen on the news, marine life is ingesting plastic waste and suffering immeasurably.Other countries are also hurting from the deluge of ...

Yuthana Praiwan & Lamonphet Apisitniran

Lilly, Thailand’s Greta Thunberg, is Fighting Single-Use Plastic

Through the power of petitioning, one 11-year-old girl is doing more to save Thailand’s environment than perhaps most of the country combined.Since she was 8, Ralyn “Lilly” Satidtanasarn has been meeting with mall executives to demand reductions in single-use plastic waste. Central Group’s recent decision ...

Asaree Thaitrakulpanich

Thailand to ban three kinds of plastic by end of this year

By the end of 2019 Thailand will be free from three types of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics.Then by 2022 four other types of single-use plastics will also be banned – lightweight plastic bags less than 36 microns thick; styrofoam food containers ...

Thailand to ban three kinds of plastic by end of this year

By the end of 2019 Thailand will be free from three types of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics.Then by 2022 four other types of single-use plastics will also be banned – lightweight plastic bags less than 36 microns thick; styrofoam food containers ...

Planet Plastic: Thai citizens suffer from plastic addiction and poor waste management (VIDEO)

The “great” 19,200-square-meter Koh Lan landfill, located near the center of one of Thailand’s most beautiful tourist islands, is home to over 50,000 tons of reeking, rotting trash that’s slowly accumulated over the past six years. Most garbage dumps don’t have a listing on Google ...

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