One of the things I have found hardest about living in Thailand was that so many of the things I loved about it came with something I really do not love; single-use plastic. It is so easy and convenient to be healthy and nourished here, especially in Chiang Mai, but I really dislike the way vibrant, wholesome foods are often linked with a high amount of plastic use. After being here for a short time, I knew I had to change my own habits in order to reduce my plastic use as much as possible.
As I’ve said many times before, it is so important to be responsible when travelling. Visitors, whether we are living somewhere for a short time or just passing through, can be such high consumers, yet so mindless about the consequences of our actions. Whilst it’s great to support local businesses and stimulate the economy, we can also leave a trail of rubbish and pollution in our wake. Thus, we condemn the very places we profess to adore.
In light of that, I’ve put together my top 7 tips for using less plastic while staying in this amazing country. Some of these things seem like common sense, yet we all know that common sense is not so common. Sometimes it takes a real conscious effort to remember the little things we can each do every day, which can have such a huge impact on the world around us.
Now it’s your turn! Do you have any tips on saving plastic in Thailand or anywhere else in general? Any other thoughts on the video? Share your advice below!