Thailand’s National Park Office this morning announced a ban on plastic bags and styrofoam containers in the country’s zoos and 154 national parks in efforts to “beat plastic pollution” — effective immediately.
After the worldwide attention Thailand has received following the death of a whale in Southern Thailand found to have more than 80 plastic bags in its stomach, officials were ready to take drastic measures.
In a Facebook post (a not-uncommon place for Thai government agencies to announce policy), the move was outlined alongside an explanation that it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose, 20 years for a plastic bag, and over 1,000 years for a styrofoam container.
“Don’t let this problem be your grandchildren’s burden,” warned the National Parks
Department. Hear, hear.
While netizens say they’re not sure how the ban will be implemented, considering shops at national parks still sell bottled waters to tourists and we rarely see water refill stations anywhere in Thailand, the office responded in a comment that they simply “ask people for cooperation to not bring any plastic containers into the national parks.”
Of course, with our heat, a solution on the drinking water front will eventually have to be addressed, but raising an awareness about the plastic waste is still better than nothing. In other news, today is also World Oceans Day.
Support Coconuts and rep your city
Now you can wear your love of Coconuts proudly across your chest. That’s right, we’re getting into the merch business with the launch of our official online store, The Coconuts Shop.
Our first product is that ultimate wardrobe mainstay: the white T-shirt.
If you want to rep your city, we’ve also launched Coconuts City Logo Tees for Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, KL, Jakarta, Bali, and Yangon.
They’re all sold exclusively at The Coconuts Shop – at a special introductory price of S$29 until Sep. 30, 2020!