Thailand joins European initiative to remove plastic from world’s oceans

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Thailand joins European initiative to remove plastic from world’s oceans

Thailand has joined a European project designed to clean plastic from oceans around the globe — and it’s the first Asian country to join.

The initial efforts in the Southeast Asian nation are happening at the most polluted — and most tourist-friendly — seaside areas including Koh Samet, Koh Samui, Phuket, and Koh Tao.

The global project, based in Spain, is called Upcycling the Oceans, and is led by an NGO called Ecoalf. The concept is to teach fishermen about plucking plastic from the ocean while they’re working. The plastic they collect will be recycled and made into products for sale that can make money for continued funding of the initiative, reported Lonely Planet.

The project has been operating in Europe on a small-scale since 2012 and has done fashion collaborations with Harrods, Barneys NY, Apple, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop site. They estimate that, since they launched, they have recycled 70 million plastic bottles.

Efforts in Thailand are expected to last three years and began this month off Koh Samet, just southeast of Bangkok. The island is the most popular destinations for city-dwellers to get to the beach for a weekend. In just five hours, local fishermen and certified divers collected more than half a ton of plastic waste from the ocean. Much of this was plastic bottles and lost or discarded plastic fishing nets.

The first year of the Thailand project will be spent collecting plastic debris, and the second will be used making that plastic into reusable items using small-scale artisans. The project is expected to go on for three-years and then be reasessed.

The project organizers are keen to promote sustainable tourism as well as anti-littering ideals.

Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) spoke out in favor of the project. “The project reaffirms the TAT’s commitment to promoting responsible tourism and its leadership role in driving green initiatives. The project will also help ensure Koh Samet remains pristine, by providing the necessary infrastructure for trash collection, including special trash containers on the island.”

Source: Coconuts

  • Sly

    Bwaaahahaha, don’t make me laugh. Goes to show how f*&ked up the Europeans are if they would accept a country that uses its lands an waterways as garbage tip and sewer into such a program. Retards!

    • Charles Baht Esquire.

      The Island of England is part of Europe so the sewer rat wreckless , moron Poms are responsible for polluting the worlds oceans too .

  • Homebrew

    Asian traditional practice of refuse disposal consists of dropping things from the hand whenever the need for the item is over. For thousands of years, this worked, as most refuse was biodegradable, and people lived and walked around the decaying matter. Modern waste lasts considerably longer, there is more waste per person, and there are more people. They use their open land, rivers, and shores as garbage disposal, and cannot comprehend the difference between that and a clean house, yard, roadways, and waterways. Plucking out a water bottle from the sea is an infinitely endless folly ignoring the root cause of the problem.

  • Charles Baht Esquire.

    And so they should be cleaning up the oceans unaquivocally that goes for those wreckless irresponsible , selfish , drunkard Europeans the English poms too they dump there sh*t and p iss and rubbish out in the beautiful oceans without any care in the world for others complete morons .

    • Mr. Wonder

      As millions of tons of every manmade item and garbage on the surface of Florida in your own country is about to be wiped off the map by hurricane Irma, blown away, and washed out to sea as debris, I wonder how you propose to have us force you to retrieve your entire state’s worth of garbage and bloody mess from the ocean? How many billions should you pay other nations for compensation?

      • Charles Baht Esquire.

        If you greedy cretin Poms weren’t so selfish and lazy you would contribute a donation for the victims and rebuild of hurricane Irma but you lawless greedy drunkard fat beer gutted rats would give up a miserable cent of your cheap charlie beer bar beer Chang money .

    • private pile

      555 the bit about the hungry v8 corner runs… have you also converted your ac to run from decat diesel engines

  • Guest

    They should by stopping using so many non biodegradable plastic bags. Maybe they should replace them by paper bags, would sort a lot.

    • Chris Snell

      That is something i did notice in thailand was the use of plastic bags for just about everything from shopping to drinks ,where i come from they banned plastic bags being used by supermarkets ect if you want one you can still get it but you pay on top for it now everyone uses reusable bags made from material

      • private pile

        We just went to tesco lotus.. 2 product or 3 scanned bag it.. got some bottles of sangsom… each one double bagged!!!! Half a trolly of shopping half a kilo of plastic bags used… time to introduce the 10 baht bag scheme or 20 baht bag for life…. in the uk the only result of that scheme is we have a cuboard now full of bags for life none of which make it back to the supermarket… great for dirty washing bags when working away

  • Ken Anderson

    This will be a scam by the Thai’s in order to get money from the deluded, corrupt and incompetent EU gravy train. Thank God the UK has seen sense and has voted to leave.
    All Thai’s need to do is learn a little respect for the environment and other people and dispose of their waste considerately. Do that for only one week, thus preventing the pollution before it happens, and the effects would outweigh years and years worth of these clean up programs.
    Nice thought, but dream on, because we all know that will never ever happen.
    Why are these efforts expected to last ”3 years”? If they were serious about it all, should it not be a permanent thing?

  • private pile

    One photo one statememt great stuff the sea off pattaya is allready looking cleaner