When Tesco Lotus prepared to launch its first two "no plastic bag" stores in Koh Samui and Phuket last December, store clerks were instructed to exercise utmost patience and prepare to take earfuls of complaints.
Plastic bags have become a huge environmental problem in Thailand. The average Thai uses three plastic bags per day. Annually, 73 billion bags are used across the country. In Bangkok, it costs 1.78 million baht a day to collect and dispose of plastic bags.
Thais take plastic bags seriously, way beyond necessity.
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