There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about the use of plastic bags at convenience stores and supermarkets. More recently, there has been a lot of discussion on the letter’s page of the Bangkok Post. Mainly criticizing Tesco Lotus. However, in my own experience, the only way we can stop this misuse of plastic bags is if we do something ourselves. Why blame the conglomerates when all we have to say is “No, thank you”.
To help keep fit, and also to save the environment (honestly), I cycle to my local Tesco Lotus store. As you can see from the picture above, I have my own bags. So, at the checkout, I just say “No, thank you” to the plastic bags. Quite simple. In fact, Tesco, and I think Tops as well, give you points on your Clubcard if you use your own bags. The only time that I request plastic bags is when I’m running low on bin liners at home. And before more people jump on the band wagon to criticize the shops, Tesco has also piloted two express stores, one in Samui and the other Phuket, that have a “No Plastic Bag” policy.
At least they are doing there bit. What about you? Do you refuse multiple plastic bags when you visit 7-Eleven?