Phasing out Single-Use Plastic (SUP): Creating a New Default
Phasing out single-use plastics (SUP) in Thailand demands a commitment from different sector stakeholders - the private sector, as producer and purchaser of the material, plays an influential role in providing alternatives and realising sustainable consumption and production. The theory of change for effective cooperation around SUP sees the involvement of four parties: local government, community organisations, large corporations, and the wider business community.
Thailand has been amassing two million tons of plastic waste per year over the last ten years. To tackle the growing problem, the Thai government has issued a Roadmap on Plastic Waste Management 2018-2030 and Action Plan on Plastic Waste Management 2018-2022 as the policy frameworks to deal with Thailand’s plastic waste problem. Meanwhile, there are a growing number of MSMEs and growing markets in alternative, environmental friendly products as realistic alternatives to plastic. These innovations contribute to the existing Thai action plans, and these actors can benefit from related measures promoting eco-design and eco-product standards to find a ready market. This policy brief highlights the significance of involving MSMEs in phasing out single-use plastics in Thailand.