After Thailand Banned Plastic Bags, People Got Super Creative About Carrying Their Groceries
This is hilarious!
Thailand is the latest country to ban single-use plastic bags, and at the same time, it’s showing what a creative nation it is. Since the ban went into effect on Jan 1, 2020, Thai shoppers have been using all sorts of weird and wonderful things to carry their groceries in, from rolling luggage to baby baths.
The country’s plastic bag ban started with a campaign to reduce plastic-bag use in 2019, and the initiative was spurred by sad events, Reuters reported: several animals, including a deer and a baby dugong, a marine mammal, were found dead with plastic inside their digestive systems.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, up to 5 trillion plastic bags are used each year. If they’re not disposed of properly, they can clog waterways, provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying malaria and kill marine life.
The ban on plastic bags at major retailers in Thailand began on Jan. 1, and not long after, Thais on social media had made a game of sorts out of using unusual items to carry things home after shopping, NBC reported.
One shopper used a traffic cone to carry her goods. Instagram user @hyunin.s posed with a traffic cone full of snacks: