Quick & Easy Choices to Avoid Plastic

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The best way to deal with waste is not to create it in the first place. Each year, almost 30 million tonnes of solid waste is generated in Thailand. In Bangkok alone, more than 10.000 tonnes of trash is collected each day, approximately 20% is plastic waste. With a little bit of consciousness, you can already make a big difference - quick and easy! And if you do create trash, be responsible and separate, because sorting is key!

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Quick & Easy Choices to Avoid Plastic
  • Buy fruits & vegetables at farmers' markets and bring your own baskets and bags

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  • Avoid single-use plastics (Plastic bags, To-Go-Cups, Food container etc.)

  • Have your own handy cutlery (Fork & Spoon, Chopsticks, Straws)…

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… or don’t use straws at all if you are older than 5 years old (“No straw please”)

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  • Shop at Zero-Waste Shops / Refill-Stores

  • Bring your own water bottle along, instead of buying plastic bottles on the way

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  • Wrap your presents in reusable cloths or newspaper

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Shop wisely and chose alternative products:

  • Fresh Fruits instead of Juice Bottles

  • Matches instead of Lighters

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  • Candles instead of Air Freshener

  • Old-school razor blades instead of single use plastic ones

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  • Laundry Detergent: Powder in box instead of liquid in plastic bottles

  • Soap Bars instead of liquid soap

  • Wooden pencils instead of plastic pens

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And at the end, separate the remaining trash properly and responsibly:

  • Compost organic waste and food left over…

... or at least separate your wet trash from your dry trash

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  • Put Glass bottles and aluminum cans separately to the side and drop clean plastic at collections points (Hard Plastic & Stretchy Plastic)

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  • And last but not least, don’t throw electronic waste (incl. batteries) in regular trash.

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Published by: Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southeast Asia on 14 December 2021

Permanent Link: <https://th.boell.org/en/2021/12/14/quick-easy-avoid-plastic>

Text by Thorsten Volberg, ASEAN Program Manager

Visual Design by Tikka Hun

Tikka is a strategy-visual consultant & graphic facilitator trainer & designer of LOG (Listening-Organising-Graphic) graphic facilitation workshops; which she is able to conduct fluently in both English and/or Chinese (bilingual). She is the founder of Tak-Tik visual solutions.

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