It’s interesting how people in Thailand can go through life without using any of the modern conveniences such as plastic bags. We have all seen the plastic bags at the supermarket, how they are disorganized and almost useless as a usable shopping bag, and then you get that plastic bag and there are only a little bit of plastic left. They might be able to hold a few items but most of the time they won’t even fit in their pocket to carry the items they need. How are these people able to carry their shopping home in such conditions? This is because they use what is known as a “hand cart,” which is a piece of metal or wood that has a handle on one end. These carts are commonly used by vendors who sell things from street vendors to bigger stores.
The Bangkok Government realized that these vendors were having a hard time making a living, so they came up with the concept of allowing the vendors to sell single-use plastics at a small fee. The Bangkok Government realized that these vendors were not buying supplies in large numbers and didn’t have the space or the money to buy new supplies, so they started allowing them to use these single-use plastics instead. What this meant was that the vendors could now offer their single-use plastic products to the general public, for a very cheap price. Since the Bangkok Government allowed vendors to offer these products cheaply, more people were willing to purchase these products, which increased their demand significantly. Bangkok became a huge plastic manufacturing mecca, and you can see it in the number of plastic products that you can find at the local supermarket.
Because of this, many Thai people are interested in learning how to manufacture their own single-use plastics, as they realize that they can help the needy and help themselves as well. There are now many Thai students who have made their own single-use plastic bags in their garage by combining an old soda can and a thin gauge steel wire. They then heat it up until it’s pliable enough to put tape on it. Once they have it roughly the way they want it, they cut a hole in the can and pull the wire through it and cut another hole in the can after they glue the two halves together. Then they pull the plastic out of the can and use it to hold paper, clothes, toys, and whatever else they would like to put into the bag.