Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Big Boy » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:06 pm

This is all good stuff, but for me, the first and most important part is to remove restrictions on carrying bags into supermarkets.

Yes, I've heard the lucky ones who get their bags into the store, but not this happy shopper. It's bad enough being dragged to the shops every day, but then having to face the indignity of not being allowed to take my reusable bag with me :cuss: I have been refused, and until they lift the restriction, I WILL play their stupid games, and accept their plastic bags.

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by caller » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:22 pm

Where does this happen BB? I have never experienced that, anywhere in Thailand.
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by PeteC » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:59 pm

It happens a lot in places like Lotus, Big C etc., but admittedly more so in the past than now. At times store security gets a bug up their butt, or instructions from on high if shoplifting has been a recent issue, and they start to enforce it again. They check the insides of women's purses and kid's backpacks as well on the way out. The wife says it is really hit and miss though over here in the East. No particular pattern and no store worse than the other. She's never had a problem at major food stores like Tops, Foodland, Villa, Makro etc., as they give/sell reusable bags so they expect to see them brought back and used. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Big Boy » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:04 pm

All supermarkets as far as I know, but definitely Tesco where we do the majority of our shop, and is where we were stopped trying - there is a sign saying so. We've been stopped at G Supermarket in the past as well.

Thinking about it, the old shopping mall as well - they have, or at least used to have a sign stating no shopping bags beyond this point - that has been there long before we moved here.

I can't really comment on Villa or Gourmet - I can't afford to shop in those.
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Nereus » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:13 pm

Thinking about it, the old shopping mall as well - they have, or at least used to have a sign stating no shopping bags beyond this point - that has been there long before we moved here.
Yes, that sign has been there for many years, but it does not mean your own shopping bags. You cannot put your goods through the "front" checkout, and then walk through the shop to the rear door. The last time that I wanted to do that the manager grudgingly tied up the top of the bag, and allowed me to take it as I needed something that was down that end of the shop.

I do not know what the policy is with BigC, but I will find out, as I regularly see Farang ladies with their own bags in Bangkok. But what you have posted does not surprise me one little bit!
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by STEVE G » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:07 pm

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All supermarkets as far as I know, but definitely Tesco where we do the majority of our shop, and is where we were stopped trying - there is a sign saying so. We've been stopped at G Supermarket in the past as well.

Thinking about it, the old shopping mall as well - they have, or at least used to have a sign stating no shopping bags beyond this point - that has been there long before we moved here.

I can't really comment on Villa or Gourmet - I can't afford to shop in those.
I haven't been in Tesco for a while but you used to be able to leave your bag at the security counter at the front and they gave you a plastic number to get it back so if you're not alone, I suppose one of you could get it and go to the other side of the checkout. The old shopping mall was the same, there is a place to leave bags just before you go into the supermarket.

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Big Boy » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:10 pm

Yes, that is correct, but a lot of faffing about, when its totally unnecessary.
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Dannie Boy » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:28 pm

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Yes, that is correct, but a lot of faffing about, when its totally unnecessary.
It’s probably an unfortunate reflection that a lot of people taking bags in have used them to conceal unpaid for items - this catches the mainly honest shoppers with the rogues!!

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Nereus » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:55 pm

Sorry, I thought this was about plastic shopping bags, not what you carry your whatever in. :?
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Big Boy » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:07 pm

No, it is about the reduction of plastic shopping bags, which in my case, would be reduced to zero if the shops saw sense.
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by MDMK » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:36 pm

Nereus wrote:
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Sorry, I thought this was about plastic shopping bags, not what you carry your whatever in. :?
if people exchange thoughts on which bag they carry their whatevers in, then maybe less plastic bags will be used. Maybe one of those foldaway to the size of a wallet nylon bags would be an idea for BB in Tesco's. I suggest that not to share how I shop or which bags I use. Just more a tip that just might help to reduce plastic.

NOTE: poor example just used, those foldaway to a wallet size bags are great for small odds and ends, but useless for a big supermarket shop.

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Nereus » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:01 pm

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No, it is about the reduction of plastic shopping bags, which in my case, would be reduced to zero if the shops saw sense.
Which has exactly what to with leaving your personal bags outside the shop?
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Big Boy » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:30 pm

Shopping Bags to put your shopping into? Else how does one transport the shopping to retrieve the bags, which are now trapped the wrong side of the security point?
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by MDMK » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:43 pm

Nereus wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:01 pm
Big Boy wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:07 pm
No, it is about the reduction of plastic shopping bags, which in my case, would be reduced to zero if the shops saw sense.
Which has exactly what to with leaving your personal bags outside the shop?
If BB, and everyone else like him, could bring reusable bags INTO the shop less plastic bags would be used. Surely you can see that.

By making people leave their reusable bags at a service counter they're putting unnecessary hurdles in place for the customers.

We use too much plastic already, what the planet doesn't need is shops putting hurdles in place when people would use reusable if the hurdles weren't there.

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by caller » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:46 pm

I had forgotten about the old shopping mall. I recall having issues there about something or other but can't think what it was.

And I hardly ever go to Tesco, but I have never had a problem at Villa, Gourmet Market or TOPS anywhere, including Hua Hin. Makro is different as they check the goods after purchase, so I leave the bag in the car.

I thought about this when I went to Gourmet Market earlier, there is no specific security at the entrance to the supermarket, as there isn't really a specific entrance, there are several, plus being able to walk thought any of the empty till lanes.

To be honest, in this day and age, if any store said to me I couldn't take my own bag in, I probably wouldn't shop there in future.
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