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

lot 8: Decreasing plastic waste in Thailand

Challenge Identification

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

Approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year, making plastic the #1 pollutant of marine systems. Over half of land-based plastic waste leakage comes from just 5 countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. The issue of plastic waste pollution is now at the top of private sector, political and civil society agendas, such as the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and the PREVENT Waste Alliance.


Thailand, with a population of 69.63 million, is the 20th most populous country on earth and generates an estimated amount of 0.2 kilograms of plastic waste per capita per day. Sustainable or low packaging solutions would cater to a big market and could have a tremendous impact on single-use plastic reduction.

Read more about Thailand's plastic waste problem, the Thai market and the business potential of decreasing plastic waste in our insights report:

Innovation Sprint

Read more about the innovation workshop where the teams developed 8 innovative business ideas.

ideas developed
proven business models

Business Design

3 of 6 ventures passed this phase.

Market Pilot

Ventures currently in this phase:

Business Operations

Business Operations