8 December 2009 – Plastic bags MoU, campaign for Phuket’s sustainabolity has been signed on Thai Environment Day, 4 December 2009. Phuket Governor Vichai Praisa-ngob presided over the signing ceremony between Phuket Province and shopping malls in Phuket. Head of offices and representatives from malls and stores in Phuket witnessed.
The scheme is part of the “Green Phuket” project to protect the environment, to maximize the use of renewable energies, and to reduce fossil fuel use. Many projects have been launched to achieve that goal.
For garbage reducing, the committee realized that it is important to dig out the root of the problem, hence launched campaigns to create consciousness concerning environment among students and public.
Malls and stores gave a good response when they were asked to stop give out the plastic bags to its customers for free. They must pay for it.
The measure has been practising in several countries around the world e.g. China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, Denmark, Sweden etc. According to the report, this brought about 40-60% decrease in plastic bags using.
The Valentine’s Day was chosen to be the day for us to begin showing the love of Phuket.
Central Festival Phuket, Big C Supercenter, Ocean Shopping Mall in Phuket town and in Patong, Big One, Super Cheap, Phuket Grocery, Family Mart, Index Living Mall, SB Furniture, 1008 Shop, Fresh Mart, Top Supetmarket, Robinson Ocean Phuket, etc. will participate in this project.