Thailand Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

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Lilly Hortis, Co-Editor

One of the leading issues in today’s world is the overuse of plastic. As well as overusing plastic, most who use it dispose of it the wrong way.

This harms both the environment and those living in the environment. Plastic is one of the leading causes of harm to our oceans and wildlife health.

According to global citizen.org, “Ingestion of plastic kills an estimated 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals each year. Additionally, more than 90% of all birds and fish are believed to have plastic particles in their stomachs.”

This issue of plastic is very important and something should be done to limit or even completely stop the use of plastic. However, this is a hard challenge to tackle.

One country that has hopped on the train to limit the use of plastic is Thailand. They started their New Year by banning the use of single-use plastic bags. By banning the use of these plastic bags, Thailand has moved one step closer in helping to improve the environment.

There have been many positive responses to this change Thailand has made.

The most known response comes from the citizens of Thailand. Due to the banning of plastic bags, they have had to improvise when it comes to carrying home items bought in stores. Instead of complaining and protesting, they seem to be having fun and creative with it.

Citizens have began bringing household items to carry their items home from stores. They have brought everything from vases to laundry hampers.

As well as Thailand, Mexico has also hopped on the train of banning plastic.

While these two countries are striving to help the environment, hopefully more will follow.

While the US has not banned plastic as a whole, several states have banned the use of single-use plastic bag. These include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont.

Overall, everyone should make an effort to limit the use of plastic. Here are some ways to do that: stop using plastic straws, take your own cloth bags to grocery stores, use reusable water bottles, and even shop in bulk.

Additionally, picking up plastic waste on the ground seems small, but in the end makes a tremendous difference.