|Date: Tuesday, 27.11.2018, 14:17 | Message # 1
|Since December 4 2018, the Tesco Lotus grocery chain is no longer using plastic bags. While shopping malls and stores hold promotions to stop using plastic bags for one day, one of Thailand’s largest retailers will take a real step towards environmental protection. Beginning December 4 2018, Tesco Lotus will stop using disposable plastic bags. Eco-friendly paper bags will be offered to clients in return. The innovation concerns simultaneously all the stores of this chain in the Kingdom of Thailand (and there are more than 2 thousands). Tesco Lotus will also encourage customers to use their own reusable bags.
This is a significant step in preserving the environment. It coincides with a one-day campaign conducted in several retail chains. Due to the efforts of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, other campaigners also refuse to use plastic bags, but only for one day. Campaign members include 7-Eleven, Central, Makro, Foodland, Robinson, Big C and Tops.
The sad stories about the death of marine life, massive dumping of toxic waste and environmental degradation made the widespread use of plastic bags in Thailand a pressing issue in the current year. The country has repeatedly made calls for business to show responsibility in this direction.
Large retail chains and malls, such as Tops, Robinson, Big C, are strongly encouraged to offer bonuses and discounts to customers who refuse plastic bags. Also in June 2018, it was announced that all the national parks (reserves) of Thailand would prohibit the use of plastic and expanded polystyrene containers on their territory.