More than 169 million plastic bags have been left unused at Thailand’s 7-Eleven stores in the past two months – more than Bt33 million in value alone, but also a huge amount of single-use plastic not making its way into the environment.
CP All, the sole operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores in the Kingdom, last year announced its intention to reduce and, eventually, to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags at all its stores throughout the country.
A total of 169,054,724 plastic bags were rejected or left unused by customers between December 7 and February 7.
The savings, some Bt33,810,945, will now be donated to Siriraj Hospital.
The campaign has been supported by Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, the lead singer of Bodyslam and marathon runner, who ran from Thailand’s south to north in a massive fund-raiser last year.
So, say ‘no’ (politely) to plastic bags, or take your own re-useable bag when next visiting a convenience store.