Kanokporn Chanasongkram is a feature writer for the Life section of the Bangkok Post.
Last January, Thailand kicked off the year and a new decade with the ban on single-use plastic bags, initially adopted by department and convenience stores as well as some other retailers, who would no longer provide customers with the plastic bags in order to lessen the environmental impact.
The other day, I was walking in the park near my house when I saw this plastic bag, puffed up and blown along by the wind, crossing my path. It reminded me of that famous scene in American Beauty, where teenager Jane Burnham and boy-next-door Ricky Fitts watch a video that Ricky captured of a discarded plastic bag dancing in the wind.
Som tam is a staple that I eat almost every day, but always skipping the tomato and long bean that end up in the restaurant's bin. The other day, I started drinking soya milk -- it was too sweet. The remaining amount was discarded in the kitchen sink. I often have to throw away rotten carrots and other vegetables as well as unconsumed kub khao in plastic bags. Those ready-to-eat foods became expired items in the fridge.