• Agriculture
  • Digital
  • Supply Chain
  • Textile
  • Tourism
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Water

lot 8: Decreasing plastic waste in Thailand

The challenge

How might we reduce, reuse or replace single-use plastic in order to decrease plastic waste in Thailand?

The Sub - Challenges

During the "Challenge Framing Workshops" in Bangkok and Frankfurt with several experts, the challenge has been broken down into more concrete and adressable sub-challenges.
These are in alphabetic order:

  1. End of single-use plastic beverage containers
    How might we replace all single use plastic beverage cups in a given safe space?
  2. Green consumer goods production
    How might we promote green consumer goods through a green currency?
  3. Households & cosmetics packaging
    How might we reduce single-use plastic packaging & promote reduced packaging retail in the household goods & cosmetic industry?
  4. Increasing recycled content
    How might we increase recycled content in single-use plastic?
  5. Processed foods packaging
    How might we reduce single-use plastic packaging in the processed food industry?
  6. Ready-to-eat food - plastic-free delivery
    How might we disrupt the delivery of ready-to-eat food to reduce single-use plastic whilst not jeopardizing hygiene?
  7. Tourism industry packaging reduction
    How might we promote sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic in the tourism industry?

Plastic waste - a global problem

• Approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the sea every year, making plastic the #1 pollutant in marine systems

• Over half of land-based plastic waste leakage comes from just 5 countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

Thailand is this year’s Chair of ASEAN with the mandate to promote “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”

• Plastic waste creates a range of environmental impacts, harming ocean wildlife, accumulating in our food chain and inducing massive costs to the tourism industry, amongst many others

Plastic is a valuable resource difficult to recover once sent to landfills or landing in the environment

• The issue of plastic waste pollution touches on several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is now high on private sector, political and civil society agendas, such as the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and the PREVENT Waste Alliance.

Who can contribute to solving the challenge?

lot 8 stakeholder

The 8th lab of tomorrow process is being implemented in cooperation with the GIZ global project "Support of the Export Initiative of Environmental Technology" and the ASEAN regional project "Advance Sustainable Consumption and Production", which are both implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

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