Pollution sucks. And while you might not think that buying a plastic bag contributes to it that much, it gets out of hand if all 7.5 billion of us do the same.

Thailand kicked off 2020 with a bang. Only it wasn't fireworks that caused it. The country started actively fighting its environmental problems, banning single-use plastic bags at some of the major stores. According to Reuters, it's a continuation of a campaign by the local government and retailers that brings Thailand closer towards a complete ban in 2021 in an attempt to reduce waste and debris in the surrounding areas. And it's brilliant.

What's really cool about it is the way shoppers are adapting to it. They're not whining on social media or anything. On the contrary, they're embracing the changes. Photos of Thais carrying their groceries in T-shirts, suitcases, buckets, and even ceramic pots have been going viral, and they perfectly capture how creative people get when it comes to something they're really passionate about.

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Francis
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6 months ago

it isn't dumb if it works...

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In part, public support for the campaign has been rising due to the increased risk to animals and the environment from such waste. For example, there were several incidents where animals including a deer and a baby dugong were found dead with plastic in their digestive systems last year."

Thailand was ranked sixth among the world’s top countries that dump waste into the sea,” Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-Archa told the media on Wednesday. “During the past five months, we were down to 10th ... thanks to the cooperation of the Thai people."

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Rita Frost
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6 months ago

Cool, and not plastic. Wouldn’t fit on the bus though.

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The ministry stated that the country reduced the use of plastic bags by 2 billion (about 5,765 tonnes) during the first phase of the campaign last year. Reportedly, it really encouraged consumers to refuse plastic bags voluntarily.

Varawut said the biggest challenge is to get rid of the remaining 40% of plastic bags used at fresh markets and in rural areas, "It’s not going to be easy to change the way of thinking and behavior of those people."

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TheCakeIsAPie
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6 months ago

Honestly the best part of this picture is the cashier like dude you gonna check out or...

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glorytherainwing
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6 months ago

d,aww thats cute

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Molly E
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6 months ago

Just dont try to go through airport security with that!

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Canada crazy
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6 months ago

yes he... is... a... kangaroo!

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TheCakeIsAPie
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6 months ago

I love it. Sure it is plastic, but it is very sturdy and can last for many years. That vs over a thousand bags, its a no brainer.

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Francis
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6 months ago

he is planning for a big shopping trip :D

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Luis Milian
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6 months ago

whats the catch of the day...

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glorytherainwing
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6 months ago

that's a big basket

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Mary Ridings Guarino
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6 months ago

reusing is the best

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glorytherainwing
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6 months ago

that is a lot of lays chips

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Katethebookworm06
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6 months ago

Perfect! Especially if you ride a bike or motorcycle.

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Dolicious
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6 months ago

Neat basket! Next step: glass-bottles ;-)

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Francis
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6 months ago

this is not that strange. i live close to the border between switzerland and germany and a lot swiss are shopping that way in germany

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Jacey Lynn
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6 months ago

That’s a cute basket

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LoveLaughLucia
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6 months ago

love the cat face

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M O'Connell
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6 months ago

@glorytherainwing, it's probably for large bulky items which are light in weight. There's no point in using more reed than you really need to.

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TheCakeIsAPie
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6 months ago

Thats actually for cooking rice (among other things). It may be small but it is durable. (Good if you are a local and pick up a few items every day)

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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6 months ago

Well if it works...

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M O'Connell
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6 months ago

So this is how they do things in the future

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melissa jordan
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6 months ago

Interested to know what Hong Thong is...

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Dolicious
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6 months ago

for 'small' purchases only :o)

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Pillowhead
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6 months ago

Now that's an old school shopping bag

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

Something pillowcase like would be a good idea.

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Giette Hulsbosch
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6 months ago

life without owning a backpack is hard.. Oh wait..

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AQUINNAH POLOZOLA
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6 months ago (edited)

im sry u made the mistake of looking in the mirror, glorytherainwing

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Anne
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6 months ago

Looks like the buckets are provided shopping baskets?

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Niffler_13
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6 months ago

What is in the cup, and why would you have put it in a plastic bag?

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Canada crazy
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6 months ago

boiled pepsi foe dinner! (plastic is included for added flavour)

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