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Thailand launches ‘no plastic bag’ campaign

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BANGKOK (Xinhua) – Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has urged consumers nationwide to refrain from using single-use plastic bags.

Convenience stores and shopping malls have also agreed to tuck away single-use plastic bags to shoppers on the Environment Day, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with major operators of convenience stores and shopping malls to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags on Tuesday as the launch date for the campaign,” according to a statement of the ministry.

Hospitals are also being asked to dispense medicine in cloth bags rather than plastic bags.

After the plastic bag-free day on Dec.4, all outlets will have their own plans to reduce the use of plastic bags, like designating a day in a week against providing plastic bags.

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