Thailand is among five Asian countries that are responsible for more than half of the 8 million tons of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans every year.
The main problem is the fact that practically anything you buy in Thailand comes in a plastic bag. Plastic bags for groceries. Plastic bags for single items in a supermarket. Plastic straws and cup holders from 7-Eleven stores. You cannot escape plastic in Thailand!
Beautiful beaches are littered with plastic waste from locals and tourists. Wildlife are swallowing plastic as the Thai rivers and oceans become clogged. The problem is getting out of control.
So let’s start helping our environment today. Let’s learn these phrases so you can say “NO PLASTIC”.
FIRST, let’s learn to say the word “plastic” in Thai, it is พลาสติก /pláat-dtìk/.
When you want to say you don’t want something, just basically say “ไม่เอา /mâi ao/” and follow by the item you don’t want to take.
Ok, let’s picture this – you go to buy drinks in a convenient store such as 7Eleven, they automatically give you a straw and put your bottle or can in a plastic bag. WE DON’T NEED THAT, RIGHT?
Please say to the cashier:
ไม่เอาถุงพลาสติก /mâi ao tŭng pláat-dtìk/ I don’t want the plastic bag.
ไม่เอาหลอด /mâi ao làwd/ I don’t want the straw.
The next scenario, you are buying take-away food to eat at home, the seller automatically gives you a plastic spoon, please say to them ไม่เอาช้อนพลาสติก /mâi ao cháwn pláat-dtìk/
Or some eateries give you a plastic cup when you order water. When I see that I will say ไม่เอาแก้วพลาสติกค่ะ /mâi ao gâew pláat-dtìk/ , and I will drink from the bottles.
And when you go shopping in a Thai supermarket such as Big C, Tesco or Gourmet market. I don’t know why the cashier often put my grocery into many separate bags, I have to tell them to fill things in one bag in the case that I forgot my own shopping bag. If you are in the same situation please say to them ใส่ของรวมกันในถุงเดียว /sâi kăwng ruam gan nai tŭng diao/ please put everything in one bag.
Finally, let’s use ถุงผ้า /tŭng pâa/ cloth bag, หลอดซิลิโคน /làwd sì-lí-koon/ silicone straw, and กระติกน้ำ /grà-dtìk náam/ reusable water bottle, so we can help reduce the use plastic in everyday life.
Please let me know if you want to learn any phrases related to plastic ban. I am happy to make more videos on this subject.
To encourage shoppers to bring their own shopping bags levy a charge on carrier bags. Supermarkets could also have a supply of reusable biodegradable bags at the checkouts and sell them for a low price that shows that the supermarket supports cutting back on plastic. Tesco do this in the UK and call it a ‘bag for life’. Decorated in a way that shows their support and that it means life for animals, ocean life, plant life, human life and most importantly the life of our planet.
MICHEL SIGALLA says
Thank you very much. i am here in Thailand since september and performed a show called “YIPIYA” against plastic pollution. here is the list of schools :
Headstart International September 24
BCIS September 26
Ban Ku Ku School 5 october
Good Sheperd School 4 october
FED, center for migrants students
Pla Mu learning Center
Suk Saram learning Center
Don Bosco Home Bangsak
Chiang Mai :
Varee Chiang Mai International School
Wells International School On Nut
Preschool First Steps
Hua Hin : december 18-january 19
Halio International School
British educational Children’s Center
Ban Nong Heang School
Rotary Krungthep School
Ban Wang Bot school
BAN NONG KON School
BAN THAP TAI School
BAN NONG KRA School
BAN NONG KRA TUM School
BAN NONG PLAP School
I will from now on use “mâi ao…” in my performance, thank you again. FB account : Michel Sigalla
We’re past the time when our earth can absorb whatever junk we want to throw at it, Thank you very much for using your expertise, and spending the time and energy trying to help. Hopefully it will help inspire people to make merit in this area.
Also, 4Ocean is one group I’m aware of that focuses on cleaning up our world’s seas (I’m not affiliated).
Thank you very much for raising awareness about the unnecessary use of plastic and at the same time teaching us the accompanying and so very useful Thai words