In recent years, we have seen a rise in the popularity of flasks and metal straws. This could be a result of people’s increased knowledge of the disadvantages and effects on the environment of single-use plastics such as plastic bags and drinking straws.
In Thailand, single-use plastic bags for purchases in major stores are now prohibited.
Plastic Bag Alternatives
With the ban, Thais are finding alternatives for the ever-so-reliable plastic bag to carry their groceries. In a viral Facebook post, some shoppers were seen using laundry hampers to carry their purchases, while some brought actual wheelbarrows to stores to hold their groceries.
Other creative ways that Thais have come up with are to carry out their items in vases or pots, and some even brought clothes hangers to clip their items onto.
Disposable Plastics in the Philippines
Here in the Philippines, efforts are also being implemented to lessen the use of single-use plastics such as bans and plastic charges in some cities. Quezon City, for example, has completely banned the use of single-use plastics for take-out meals, groceries, and other items. President Duterte is also warming to the idea of banning these plastics in the entire country.
Why ban single-use plastics?
Despite it being a reliable form of packaging plastic bags have a negative effect on the environment. Single-use plastics are non-recyclable which means they don’t decompose easily—research has found that it takes at least 10 years to around 1,000 years for one plastic bag to decompose. While plastic straws take about 200 years to decompose and are also non-biodegradable and non-recyclable.
Disposed plastics end up in landfills and some even end up in oceans—which can harm the lives of aquatic animals. These animals could accidentally ingest plastics if mistaken as food.
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Let’s all think about the environment and the animals before using another single-use plastic item!